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Cyprus to establish diplomatic mission in Yerevan

Foreign Affairs Minister Kombos unveils diplomatic initiatives and collaborative efforts during official visit to Armenia

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In a significant diplomatic move, Foreign Affairs Minister Constantinos Kombos announced Cyprus's intention to establish a diplomatic mission in Yerevan following an official visit to Armenia. During joint statements with his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan, the decision was unveiled. The visit included private discussions and expanded talks on various fronts, encompassing bilateral relations, EU-Armenia ties, the Nagorno-Karabakh situation, and ongoing peace negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Discussions also delved into global affairs, specifically addressing the situations in Ukraine and the Middle East.

Minister Kombos briefed Mirzoyan on developments in the Cyprus problem, expressing the government's readiness for renewed talks aimed at a viable solution—a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality as outlined in UN Security Council resolutions. Acknowledging Armenia's steadfast position on the Cyprus problem, Kombos extended gratitude to Mirzoyan.

Following the discussions, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Foreign Affairs Ministries of Cyprus and Armenia. In joint statements to the press, Minister Kombos disclosed the decision to establish a diplomatic mission in Yerevan and announced Cyprus's funding of ten greenhouses to support displaced individuals from Nagorno Karabakh. This initiative is a collaborative effort with the NGO "My Step Foundation" and the Armenian National Agriculture University.

Minister Kombos also engaged with President Vahagn Khachaturyan and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, reinforcing the strong bilateral relations and mutual commitment to bolster cooperation. Additionally, he met with members of the Cyprus-Armenia Interparliamentary Committee of Cooperation. The visit included a solemn moment at the Armenian Genocide Monument, where Minister Kombos laid a wreath on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus to honor the victims of the genocide.

Source: CNA

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