Tuesday, March 28, 2017

White House’s Priebus says Cyprus is ‘reliable, predictable partner’ - IN CYPRUS / CYPRUS WEEKLY

Christodoulides, Cyprus (left), Priebus, USA
March 28, 2017

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides on Tuesday met with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with whom he discussed the Cyprus problem and how to further strengthen US-Cyprus bilateral relations.

Their talks in Washington DC also focused on regional energy issues with Christodoulides telling incyprus.com: “Their (US) intention is to strengthen relations with Cyprus, they consider us a reliable and predictable partner”.

Christodoulides, who departs for Cyprus late on Tuesday, would not say whether a confirmed date for a meeting between US President Donald Trump with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has been set.

Most probably, the high-level talks in the US capital will take place the first week of June.

On Monday, developments in the energy sector with a focus on the activities of US companies in Cyprus` EEZ as well as regional cooperation were discussed during a meeting Christodoulides had with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy Robin Dunnigan.

Dunnigan showed great interest in the signing of contracts with the companies that have been selected in the third round for blocks 6, 8, 10 and 11 in Cyprus` EEZ.

Robin Dunnigan USA, Christodoulides Cyprus
Christodoulides also met with the Acting Assistant Secretary for Europe John Heffern and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Jonathan Cohen, with whom he discussed about the Cyprus problem, bilateral issues and EU matters.

Furthermore, the Government Spokesman spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference. 

He elaborated on the relations between Cyprus and Israel and the role of the two countries` cooperation in the region.
He noted that there is a long-standing cooperation between Cyprus and Israel at all levels and in various fields as security, defence and energy.

Furthermore he referred to the trilateral cooperation which Cyprus and Greece have been promoting with countries of the region, including Israel, and noted the positive role which Cyprus plays as regards the relations between Israel and the EU.