Iran deal to help in Syria, Le­banon crises - Mogherini, Ne­tanyahu to visit

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For­eign Min­is­ter Ioan­nis Ka­soulides has wel­comed the agree­ment reached on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme and noted the EU’s con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the achieve­ment of the agree­ment.

Dur­ing the EU For­eign Af­fairs Coun­cil (FAC), chaired by High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for For­eign and Se­cu­rity Pol­icy, Fed­er­ica Mogherini, Ka­soulides said the agree­ment paves the way for the so­lu­tion of prob­lems in the Mid­dle East coun­tries, like Syria, Le­banon and Ye­men.

As re­gards the peace process in the Mid­dle East, he said that what is needed are small and sta­ble steps in the com­ing months which can en­force the ef­forts to restart the peace process.

He also said that Mogherini and Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the EU for the Mid­dle East Fer­nando Gen­tilini must con­tinue and strengthen their con­tacts with the in­ter­ested par­ties. Mean­while, Mogherini, Is­rael’s Prime Min­is­ter and the UAE For­eign Min­is­ter are ex­pected to pay a visit to Cyprus over the next two weeks.

Fed­er­ica Mogherini will visit on July 24, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu on July 28 and United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on July 29.

Gov­ern­ment Spokesman Ni­cos Christodoulides said that Mogherini will meet with Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and For­eign Min­is­ter Ioan­nis Ka­soulides and that they will dis­cuss the re­gional role of Cyprus as an EU mem­ber state, the role which Cyprus can play as a bridge be­tween the Mid­dle East and Europe.

Mogherini’s visit most prob­a­bly also con­cerns Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades’ ini­tia­tive for Ne­tanyahu and Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­mud Ab­bas to be in­vited to ad­dress the Euro­pean Coun­cil.

As re­gards Ne­tanyahu’s visit, Christodoulides said that the Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter will dis­cuss with Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades bi­lat­eral is­sues and is­sues con­cern­ing the Mid­dle East re­gion.

Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades vis­ited Is­rael in­vited Ne­tanyahu to visit the is­land.

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