Meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs with his French counterpart in Paris
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, met today with his French counterpart, Mr. Laurent Fabius, in the framework of his working visit to Paris.
The focus of the discussions between the two Ministers were, inter alia, bilateral relations, the Cyprus issue, developments regarding the Cyprus economy, the crisis in Ukraine, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean with emphasis on developments in Iraq, Libya and Syria as well as European and other issues of common interest.
The meeting provided an opportunity to confirm the excellent bilateral relations between Cyprus and France and to discuss ways for their further deepening and widening in various areas, including defense and security. Mr. Kasoulides highlighted the crucial role played by Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean, where in collaboration with other strategic partners, it contributes to the handling of various security challenges, such as terrorism, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, organized crime, illegal trafficking and illegal immigration. In this context, Cyprus and France decided to further deepen their relationship in the form of a strategic partnership to handle these security challenges. -18.09.2014