Remarks With Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
December 20, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I am delighted to welcome another foreign minister and one with whom we work closely, and the relationships between our two countries is deepening and broadening all of the time. We’re very pleased that we work together on regional issues as well as bilateral, and we will be discussing those in great depth.

And I want to welcome you here, Foreign Minister, and thank you for coming.

FOREIGN MINISTER KOZAKOU-MARKOULLIS: Madam Secretary, thank you very much. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be here with you and discuss I think what will be a very interesting and important agenda that we have in front of us, dealing with issues of common interest and concern, (inaudible) Cyprus (inaudible), issues about presidency to the European Union, the Middle East, and our neighbors in north part of Africa, and the uprising in the Arab Spring. All these are very interesting issues, and I look forward to discussing them with you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much.


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PRN: 2011/2175