The credentials of the new US Ambassador to Cyprus, Julie D. Fisher, were received today by the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades.
According to a statement issued by the Presidency, during their meeting, President Anastasiades and Ambassador Fisher exchanged views on the excellent level of Cyprus-US bilateral relations, particularly in the areas of Security and Defence and Energy, which are irreversibly adding new dynamics to the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Subsequently, they reviewed the current situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the close cooperation between the US and the Republic of Cyprus to achieve conditions of peace and stability in the wider region.
President Anastasiades thanked the US Ambassador for the long-standing support of the United States in our efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem, based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation, within the framework of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and international legitimacy, despite the Turkish insistence on promoting a two-state solution in Cyprus.
Consequently, the President of the Republic expressed his particular appreciation for the supportive position of the United States, both on the illegal Turkish actions within the Cypriot EEZ, recognizing the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus to develop its natural resources within its maritime zones as derived from international law, particularly UNCLOS, and on Ankara's efforts to impose new ultimatums in the enclosed area of Varosha.
Finally, President Anastasiades and Ambassador Fisher discussed the latest developments regarding the ongoing war in Ukraine, in light of the visit of US President Joe Biden to Kyiv yesterday, expressing their full support for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, but also their conviction that diplomatic efforts aimed at ending the hostilities - one year after the Russian invasion - must be intensified.
[This article was originally published in Greek]