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U.S. VP Biden Pledges Support to Cyprus Issue During Meetings With President Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci

Cyprus President Anastasiades Meets US VP Joe Biden on September 29, 2015On Thursday U.S. Vice President, Joe Biden, met with President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades and also had a meeting with ‎Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.
While meeting with President Anastasiades today, the Vice President commended President Anastasiades on the leadership he has shown in working with Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci towards reunifying Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation and congratulated President Anastasiades on the progress made toward this goal in the recent weeks of intensified talks.
The Vice President underscored that a reunified Cyprus could yield profound benefits for both communities and for regional stability, security, and energy independence. ‎
The two leaders once again reaffirmed the strategic partnership ‎between Cyprus and the United States, and looked forward to deepening cooperation in areas such as counterterrorism and non-proliferation.
Likewise, during his meeting with Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the Vice President commended Mr. Akinci ‎on the leadership he has shown in working with President Anastasiades to achieve a more prosperous reunified Cyprus, and congratulated him on the progress made by the leaders during their intensified talks in August and September.
At the meeting the Vice President also pledged strong U.S. support for the leaders as they continue and intensify their efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement agreement in 2016.

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