Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides will be flying to Washington, United States, late on Monday for a visit, at the invitation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with whom he is scheduled to meet on Tuesday.
During his stay in the US capital, Christodoulides will also meet with Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell, on Tuesday, while on Wednesday he will meet at the White House with National Security Advisor John Bolton.
The main topics on the agenda of talks are bilateral relations, energy, the Cyprus issue, and regional developments.
Foreign Ministry sources did not wish to comment on reports that Christodoulides and Mitchell would be announcing the intention to open a strategic dialogue. However, in September, Christodoulides had met with Mitchell and stated that the results of that meeting, concerning security, energy and politics, would be announced during a high-level visit to be held very soon.
On Thursday, Christodoulides will be in New York, where he will meet with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, with the main topics on the agenda being the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and the involvement of the Security Council in developments regarding the Cyprus issue.
Christodoulides will then return to Washington to attend a dinner hosted by Pompeo.
The Minister will be wrapping up his visit on Friday with a debate at Atlantic Council think tank.
(Cyprus News Agency)