The Cyprus problem and the creation of the necessary conditions for the resumption of negotiations for its settlement, Cyprus – US bilateral relations, energy issues, multilateral cooperation mechanisms with particular emphasis on the 3+1 format, as well as other issues of regional and international interest will be in the focus of discussions which Cyprus Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, will hold on Tuesday in Washington with his US counterpart, Antony Blinken.
Kasoulides is paying a working visit to the US at Blinken`s invitation. They will meet on Tuesday, February 1st, at the State Department and according to a press release issued by the Cypriot Foreign Ministry their discussions will focus on bilateral relations and the prospects of further deepening ties in a broad spectrum of fields, the Cyprus problem and the creation of the necessary conditions for the resumption of negotiations.
They will also discuss energy issues, multilateral cooperation mechanisms with particular emphasis on the 3+1 format, as well as other issues of regional and international interest, the Foreign Ministry press release said.
On Tuesday afternoon, FM Kasoulides will have separate meetings with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador Victoria Nuland. In the evening he will participate in a dinner hosted by representatives of organizations of expatriates in the US.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, ended inconclusively.