FM Kotzias and UK Minister of State Alan Duncan discuss Cyprus, repercussions of Brexit

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Tuesday met British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan for talks centred on the Cyprus issue and bilateral relations in light of Britain’s exit from the European Union, as well as European and regional issues. Kotzias and Duncan initially had a private meeting, following by a working lunch.

Discussing the Cyprus problem, the Greek foreign minister had the opportunity to present Greece’s positions on the need to abolish guarantees and remove Turkish troops, as well as the necessity for a cooperation mechanism to replace the outdated regime of guarantees. They also agreed to further cultivate cooperation in research, investments and tourism, as well as the launch of consultations and collaboration on Middle Eastern affairs.

Duncan said the UK government intended to honour the result of the British referendum for exiting the EU and wanted to continue cooperating with Greece on a bilateral level.

Kotzias referred to the conclusions of a foreign ministry working team and a interministerial committee to examine the possible repercussions of the UK referendum. He also expressed Greece’s steadfast desire to continue cultivating close ties with Britain and to boost bilateral relations, regardless of whether Britain was in the EU or not.