The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides, had a meeting on 5 October 2017 with the Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jose Graziano da Silva, who pays an official visit to Cyprus, at the invitation of the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Nicos Kouyialis.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr da Silva discussed international issues of common interest, such as climate change, desertification, water resources management and food waste reduction. Mr Kasoulides thanked Mr da Silva for FAO’s support and provision of expertise in the past, noting that today the Republic of Cyprus is a donor country, supporting FAO projects aimed at strengthening global food security. The Foreign Minister stressed Cyprus’ readiness to contribute to further strengthen the cooperation between the EU and FAO.
The Director-General of FAO praised Cyprus’ contribution to the Organization’s activities. He underlined the prospects of strengthening the cooperation between Cyprus and FAO in the fields of water resources management, the mitigation of the consequences of global warming and the promotion of sustainable aquaculture, a growing dynamic industry in Cyprus. Mr Kasoulides highlighted Cyprus’ cooperation with neighbouring countries in this domain, e.g. the creation of aquaculture infrastructure in Egypt.
Mr da Silva congratulated Cyprus on its commitment towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and complimented the Republic of Cyprus’ national voluntary review on the progress so far in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals./IBNA