The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, has expressed his full satisfaction with his meeting with the Vice President of the United States, Mr Mike Pence, whom he met yesterday at the White House.
Present at the meeting, which lasted about an hour, were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, the Minister of Energy, Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides and the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Washington, Mr Leonidas Pantelides.
On the American side, present at the meeting were the National Security Advisor and the Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President, the Chief of Staff of the Vice President and the Ambassador of the United States of America to Cyprus.
Upon his arrival at the White House, the President of the Republic was welcomed very warmly by Vice President Pence in the Roosevelt Room which is located in the West Wing of the White House.
The President of the Republic then introduced the members of the Cyprus delegation and they subsequently moved to the Office of the Vice President, where the meeting took place.
In his remarks to reporters following the meeting, the President of the Republic said that “the meeting with Vice President Pence took place in a friendly and warm atmosphere and it was quite productive because in its course we covered issues that concern bilateral relations and the ways to further deepen our relations. We covered issues that concern our region, but what satisfies me is the appreciation by the USA of the role that Cyprus plays as a result of the excellent relations it maintains with all the neighboring states.
And what we dealt with, and which I must say with satisfaction, is the position of principle of the USA that no one can question the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus within its Exclusive Economic Zone.
Naturally, most of our conversation time covered the problems we face in the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem. He was fully aware of all that has transpired with the UN Secretary General and also of the difficulties we face.
I have analyzed in depth the problems we have before us and the need for intervention by those who stand to benefit from the solution of the Cyprus problem.
What satisfies me is the sentiment but also the remarks by the Vice President that what interests the USA is for a solution to the Cyprus problem that will be accepted of course by all the people and which will be based on principles as these are expressed by the European acquis, given that Cyprus is a member state of the EU.
I must say that another element that is positive in an important way is his willingness to respond to every intervention, to every need that may arise, either in the course of the dialogue or generally the policies that the Republic of Cyprus follows. He is ready to receive my personal communication so that he can contribute in order for the intervention of the USA to be effective.”
The President also pointed out that the meeting was very friendly.
Asked whether he has invited the Vice President of the USA to Cyprus, the President responded in the affirmative.
The President of the Republic also said that the day yesterday marked Mr Pence’s birthday, whereas yesterday he was celebrating his 32nd wedding anniversary, adding that Mr Pence had mentioned to him that a decade ago he visited Cyprus with which he is thrilled. “I told him, jokingly, that this enthusiasm must be expressed in a tangible way for one more time by celebrating his anniversary, why not, in Cyprus.”
Finally, he added that “it was a very friendly conversation and I am fully satisfied with the meeting.”
During the meeting, the President of the Republic and Vice President Pence exchanged commemorative presents./IBNA