The Foreign Ministers of Cyprus and the USA, Nikos Christodoulidis and Anthony Blinken, had a telephone conversation today, on the agenda of which were the bilateral relations between Cyprus and the USA, focusing on their cooperation in security, as well as developments in the region and the Cyprus issue.
It was the first conversation between the two men since Mr Blinken took office, with whom Christodoulidis had met while the US official was serving in the Obama administration. The conversation was warm and lasted 25 minutes, confirming the good relationship Cyprus – USA.
The State Department just last week updated its report on Cyprus on the website of the Department of Political and Military Affairs, noting the high level of cooperation between the two countries, while in the proposal for the budget of the State Department in 2022, an amount of half a million has been registered. dollars for military training programs. A diplomatic source said that Mr. Blinken assured Mr. Christodoulidis of the US desire to further strengthen its relations with the Republic of Cyprus, whose important role they recognize in the region and see its actions, especially in the 3 + 1 process with Greece and Israel.
Regarding the Cyprus issue, diplomatic sources noted that as the UN Secretary-General's exploratory effort is under way, the United States has not yet had any involvement other than reaffirming its firm support for the bi-zonal bi-communal federation solution, at a time when Turkey is promoting dichotomous proposals of two states. Mr. Blinken, according to the same source, assured that there is no other solution than the bi-zonal bi-communal federation, while he stressed that violations and unilateral actions in the Cyprus EEZ and Varosia can not be tolerated, something that took Turkey to a high level. .
It should be noted that this week Nikos Christodoulidis is expected to have a conversation with the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland.