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Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Ioannis Kasoulides



Ioannis Kasoulides was born on the 10th of August 1948, in Nicosia.

He studied Medicine at the University of Lyon in France and specialised in Geriatrics in London. He participated in the May 68 student demonstrations and founded and chaired the Federation of Cypriot Students’ Union in France.

Ioannis Kasoulides served the centre-right wing party Democratic Rally from various posts, including the post of the President of the Youth Organization of the Party. In 1991 he was elected as Member of the House of Representatives.

When Glafkos Clerides won the Presidential Election in March 1993 he was appointed Government Spokesman, a position in which he served until April 1997 when he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs until the end of term of Clerides’ administration in February 2003.

During his term as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulides led the diplomatic effort that marked the beginning, the conduct and the completion of the accession negotiations of Cyprus to the European Union.

In June 2004 Ioannis Kasoulides was elected for the first time as Member of the European Parliament achieving an outstanding vote record. He was appointed full member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and under this capacity he served in various positions, including the Presidency of the ad hoc Committee for Human Rights in Western Sahara. He also served as member of the Bureau of the European People’s Party (EPP).

Mr Kasoulides ran for President in the February 2008 elections in Cyprus. He won the first round, entering the run-off election against the eventual winner, Mr Demetris Christofias. Mr Kasoulides received just under 47% of the vote, having the support of the Democratic Rally only.

In June 2009 Ioannis Kasoulides was re-elected as Member of the European Parliament, breaking his previous outstanding record in the number of votes. He was elected Vice President of the EPP group of the European Parliament, and was appointed Head of the Foreign Affairs working group. He was re-elected in the same position in 2012.

Ioannis Kasoulides is fluent in English, French and German. He is the author of the book Cyprus – EU: The accession as I witnessed it”.

He is married to the doctor, Anaesthesiologist Mrs Emy Kasoulidou and they have a daughter, Joanna.

Mr Kasoulides assumed office as Minister of Foreign Affairs on 1 March 2013.

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