Jeremy Hunt, the UK Foreign Secretary who is vying with Boris Johnson for the post of the country’s Prime Minister, has described the relationship with the Republic of Cyprus as “incredibly important”.
Mr Hunt was addressing the ‘Conservative Friends of Cyprus’, just as the ruling party’s 160,000 members were starting to submit their postal votes for the new party and country leader.
In a letter to the organisation Jeremy Hunt declares his “strong” support of the Conservative Friends of Cyprus and his admiration of the work the group does to promote the interests of Cypriot people in the UK.
“With hundreds of thousands of people of Cypriot origin living in the UK and many thousands of British people living in Cyprus, the ongoing relationship between our two countries is incredibly important,” adds the Foreign Secretary.
What is striking though is that the UK Foreign Secretary has not made any reference in his letter to the Cyprus issue or Turkey’s activities with regard to the Republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Describing his vision for the future of the UK after Brexit, he makes clear that as Prime Minister he would guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the country.
He has also reminded the Conservative Friends of Cyprus members that at their party conference fringe event last year he had discussed with them the efforts that were being made to have the status quo surrounding the British bases areas continued, “so that the everyday life of people crossing daily between the bases areas and the Republic of Cyprus is not affected.” Those discussions have since born fruit.
“I am also always struck by the dynamism and entrepreneurialism of the Cypriot people. As an entrepreneur myself I am hungry and ambitious to unleash the potential of our economy,” continues Mr Hunt.
He then refers to his plans to “turbo charge” the British economy. The Conservative Party members will continue voting until July 22nd. The winner will be announced the following day./ibna