Developments in the Cyprus problem and the situation in the EU as a result of the recent referendum in the UK on the country`s exit from the Union were discussed during a meeting Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides had on Wednesday in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, with his British counterpart Boris Johnson.

Cyprus Foreign Minister  Ioannis Kasoulides (L) -  UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (R)

Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides (L) – UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (R)

The Cyprus problem was also discussed during a meeting between US Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A readout issued by the White House said that Biden and Erdogan discussed, inter alia, important regional developments, including the status of the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria and ongoing efforts toward a negotiated settlement in Cyprus.

Foreign Minister Kasoulides also had in New York a series of meetings with other officials, according to an official press release.

During a meeting he had with the Foreign Minister of Lebanon Gebran Bassil bilateral relations and views on regional developments were reviewed.

Kasoulides met with the Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland with whom he exchanged views on the priorities and actions of the forthcoming Presidency of the Council by the Republic of Cyprus.

Moreover he had a meeting with the Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland, with whom he discussed issues concerning the agenda of the Commonwealth Action Group, which will meet on Friday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

Additionally, Kasoulides met with the Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Department of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa Bakir with whome he discussed issues concerning regional developments.

The Foreign Minister had on Wednesday meetings, inter alia, with the Foreign Minister of New Zealand, the Union for the Mediterranean Secretary General Fathallah Sijilmassi and with the Chief Negotiator for Montenegro’s Accession to EU Andrija Pejović

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also discussed developments in the Cyprus problem during a meeting in New York with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May last year with a view to reunite the island, divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974, under a federal roof.

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