September 1, 2020
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Republic of Cyprus (ROC) President Nicos Anastasiades on September 1. Secretary Pompeo informed President Anastasiades of his decision to temporarily waive restrictions for FY 2021 on the export, reexport, retransfer, and temporary import of non-lethal defense articles and defense services controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) destined for or originating in Cyprus. The Secretary and the President discussed the deepening U.S.-ROC bilateral security relationship.
The Secretary reaffirmed U.S. support for a comprehensive settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation, which would benefit all Cypriots as well as the wider region.
The Republic of Cyprus is an important partner, and we look forward to continuing to deepen our bilateral relationship to promote stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.