The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, made an emergency visit to Cyprus, where he met with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulidis.
The crisis in the Middle East and the creation maritime humanitarian corridor was the focus of the brief conversation between the two men
As stated in a written statement by the Government Representative of Cyprus, Constantine Letymiotis, the President of the Republic, Nikos Christodoulidis, had a meeting in the afternoon with the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, who made an extraordinary visit to Cyprus, as part of contacts in the region. During the meeting, held at airport Larnacait is reported, “the situation in the region, as it is evolving, was thoroughly discussed”.
“Mr. Blinken expressed thanks to the Republic of Cyprus for the very important role it plays in the issue of the evacuation of nationals of various countries, including the USA,” he noted.
At the meeting, said Mr. Letympiotis, the initiative of the Republic of Cyprus for creation of a maritime corridor for the provision of humanitarian aid from Cyprus with the final destination being Gaza, while the need for an immediate de-escalation of the ongoing crisis was emphasized.
“The President of the Republic also informed the US Secretary of State about the ongoing efforts made by the Republic of Cyprus to resumption of negotiations on the Cyprus issue from where they had been interrupted and for the appointment of an envoy of the UN Secretary General for this purpose”, he added.
It is noted that the meeting was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Constantine Knot.
The plane carrying the American Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, had landed in Larnaca. Earlier, during his visit to an inauguration in a village in Nicosia, the President Nikos Christodoulidis had declared that he would go to Larnaca for an extraordinary visit to the country, “within the context of the efforts that our country has undertaken in relation to the crisis in our region”.
Earlier, the head of American diplomacy was in the West Bank, in yet another surprise visit, where he held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
It was the first time that the American Secretary of State visited the occupied West Bank since the start of the war on October 7, triggered by a bloody attack by Hamas on Israeli soil.
Afterwards, Anthony Blinken is expected to go to Ankara, where tomorrow, Monday (06/11) he will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Hakan Fidan.
The two ministers are expected to discuss mainly the Israel-Hamas war, but also developments in Syria and Sweden’s accession to NATO. It has not been clarified whether the American minister will also meet with President Erdogan.