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U.S. National Security Council Chief of Staff Visit to Cyprus
January 26, 2024

Curtis Ried, the Chief of Staff for the U.S. National Security Council (NSC), joined Republic of Cyprus (ROC) and Israeli officials for productive discussions on Cyprus’s maritime assistance corridor concept. The United States remains committed to working with Israel, the ROC, and other partners, including the United Nations, to address the acute humanitarian needs of civilians in Gaza. Mr. Ried also discussed the international community’s response to the Houthis’ reckless and unlawful attacks against maritime traffic in the Red Sea, including commercial ships. The attacks pose an unacceptable threat to global commerce and navigational rights and freedoms. In meetings with ROC officials, Mr. Ried discussed the strength of the U.S.-ROC bilateral relationship and explored ways to continue deepening political, economic, security, and person-to-person ties between the two countries.