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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades

The White House

Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2016

Vice President Biden met with President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos 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.