New York.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiades has expressed his gratitude to the leaders of the Greek-American community in the US for their contribution to the historic visit of the US Vice President Joe Biden to Cyprus.
President Anastasiades contacted on Friday with each of the leaders of the Greek-American community, who participated on Monday in a meeting with Biden and his National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and thanked them for their significant contribution in securing the US respect to the Republic of Cyprus during Biden`s visit to the island on May 21-22.
Describing Biden`s visit to Cyprus as a historic milestone in Cyprus-US relations, Anastasiades thanked the leaders of the Greek-American community for their contribution as well as for the contribution of expatriates living in the US to this end.
The members of the Greek-American community had asked Biden on Monday to act in such a way so that his meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in the occupied areas of the island would not be politically exploited by the Turkish side and would not upgrade the illegal regime in Cyprus` occupied areas.
They had also discussed with him the Cyprus problem focusing on the fundamental principles for its solution, the US role and US-Cyprus relations.
The participants of the White House meeting with Joe Biden were: Philip Christopher, Peter Papanicolaou, Andy Manatos, Nicos Mouyiaris, Tasos Zambas, Kostas Tsentas, Nick Larigakis and Basil Mossaidis. President Anastasiades also spoke with Archbishop Demetrios of America, who is currently in Jerusalem, accompanying the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at his meeting with the Pope and two journalists. Archbishop Demetrios has sent a strong letter to Vice President Biden.