Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the 34th Ministerial Conference of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF), which took place in Paris, on the 25th and 26th of November.
During the Conference, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 84 members, associate members and observers of the international organisation had the opportunity to exchange views on current international political issues. The Conference strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Mali and in Egypt, as well as the serious human rights violations in Libya. The ministers also focused on the theme of the Conference: “Blue Economy, Green Economy – New Drivers for Wealth Creation, Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development”.
In his intervention, Minister Kasoulides referred to, inter alia, the national maritime strategy of Cyprus, as well as efforts towards building a “green economy”, which combines economic development with sustainability and the preservation and protection of the environment.
He also referred to the progress achieved by Cyprus in reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Cypriot FM stressed that, as a country which has come under threat merely for seeking to enjoy its sovereign rights to fully exploit its natural resources, Cyprus strongly supports the ratification and implementation of international and regional legal instruments related to the law of the sea.
Kasoulides also underlined that Cyprus is devoted to the promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, especially with the participation of young people./IBNA