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Kyriakos Kouros assumes role as Cyprus' High Commissioner to the UK

The former head of intelligence service embarks on a new diplomatic journey to strengthen UK-Cyprus relations

Newsroom / CNA

Kyriakos Kouros assumed his new duties as High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Kingdom on 2 April, succeeding Andreas Kakouris.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Andreas Kakouris, the former Cyprus High Commissioner to the UK, assumed his duties as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' new Permanent Secretary.  According to a post on the official account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on X, the new Permanent Secretary was welcomed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Constantinos Kombos, in the presence of the Ministry’s personnel.

It is a new challenge for the former head of Cyprus' Intelligence Service. As the new Cyprus High Commissioner to the UK, AMbassador Kouros brings a wealth of experience and expertise to foster bilateral relations between the two nations over the next four years.

Since April 2023, Kouros served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus. Previously, he had served as Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President of the Republic, in addition to his assignment to the Presidency to perform special duties, including National Security Advisor and Presidential Representative to the Geostrategic Council and Energy Strategy Council. In parallel, he held the position of Head of the Cyprus Intelligence Service.

As announced by the High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in the UK, Ambassador Kouros joined the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Cyprus in 1996. Since then he has served in different overseas posts and various departments within the Ministry.

In 2012 he was appointed Ambassador of Cyprus to the Netherlands with parallel accreditation as Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

In 2006, he was appointed Chargé d’ Affaires of the Republic of Cyprus to Lebanon and in 2009 he was accredited as Cyprus’ first resident Ambassador to the country. During his posting in Lebanon, he dealt with two major conflicts and the terrorism wave which affected the country between 2006-2008. In this respect, he facilitated the evacuation of thousands of Cypriot and other EU citizens, providing consular assistance to those in need under life-threatening conditions. For his service during this time, he was awarded the National Medal of Cedar by the Government of Lebanon.

He also served in the Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Cyprus in Athens and Geneva. He was also appointed Ministerial Envoy to Libya in July 2011 and served from 1998 to 2002 as a member of the Working Group for the Search of Missing Persons from the 1974 Turkish invasion.

He is a graduate of the Law Department of the University of Athens. He also holds a Master of Arts in International Journalism from the Journalism Department of the City University of London and a PhD from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens.

He started his career as a journalist. From 1990 he worked as an editor at the Cyprus News Agency and from 1994 as a Lecturer at the Journalism Department of Frederick University of Cyprus.

He speaks Greek (his mother tongue), English, German and French.

Kyriakos Kouros was born in Nicosia in 1963. He is married and has one adult child.

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