Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:30 to 10:00
The Geopolitical Role of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean:
Regional Stability, Energy Security and Counterterrorism
Breakfast Discussion with H.E. Nikos Christodoulides
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus
Hosted by the AJC Transatlantic Institute, H.E. Nikos Christodoulides, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, spoke to a select audience of Ambassadors, EU diplomats, and journalists. Below is the transcript of his opening remarks:
“Allow me to begin by expressing my sincere appreciation to the AJC Transatlantic Institute, and to its Director, dear friend Daniel, for the opportunity provided to engage with such a distinguished audience on Cyprus’s geopolitical role in the Eastern Mediterranean, and how it is utilized to implement some of the core pillars of Cypriot Foreign Policy: promoting regional stability, energy security and counterterrorism.” The Foreign Minister spoke about the geography and the region surrounding Cyprus, that of the Eastern-Mediterranean, one that he defined as a ‘turbulent, full of challenges but also opportunities corner of the world’ and urged member States to recognize the importance of collaborating with one another in order to maintain a prosperous regional stability.
H.E. Christodoulides then provided details concerning the discovery of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean and the potentials these have for an economy of scale and a ‘tool that would meet the energy security needs of the region and that of the EU and gradually contribute to greater stability in relations among countries of the region and promote security and peace’
Lastly, the Foreign Minister touched upon the difficult aspects linked to counter-terrorism. Cyprus is involved in a number of international coalitions to fight world terrorism, including in the Coalition Against the Islamic State, and the Aqaba Process, rendering the country a significant strategic ally for its neighbors.
For the video and transcript of the speech, please click here.
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