On Tuesday 17 April, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Cyprus held a private briefing with the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides. The meeting was held in the Houses of Parliament and was the first chance for Mr Christodoulides to meet the APPG for Cyprus in his new role of Foreign Minister since taking office on 1 March 2018.
During the meeting, the Foreign Minister of Cyprus briefed the APPG for Cyprus on the latest developments in the talks to reunify Cyprus. It was also an opportunity to share views on Brexit, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018, relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the United Kingdom, and the situation in Syria.
The meeting was attended by Sir Roger Gale MP (North Thanet), Chair of the APPG for Cyprus; Bambos Charalambous MP (Enfield Southgate), Vice-Chair of the APPG for Cyprus; Kate Osamor MP (Edmonton), Shadow Secretary of State for International Development; Fabian Hamilton MP (Leeds North East), Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament; Lord Collins, Shadow Foreign Affairs Spokesperson; Lord Adonis; Alberto Costa MP (South Leicestershire); Lord Anderson; and Bob Davidson, representing Sheryll Murray MP (South East Cornwall).
Representing the Republic of Cyprus in addition to the Minister of Foreign Affairs were the Deputy High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus to the UK, Solon Savva; and Political Counsellor, Andreas Eliades.
Also in attendance were representatives of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, Christos Karaolis, President; Andreas Karaolis, Executive Secretary; and Christos Tuton, Assistant Executive Secretary.