Cyprus’ reunification process on John Kerry’s agenda in Athens

Cyprus’ reunification process on John Kerry’s agenda in Athens

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who visited Cyprus on Thursday, is expected in Athens on Friday for bilateral talks, with the Cyprus reunification process high on his agenda.

He is scheduled to meet Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at 1140 hours local time (0940 GMT).

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will also be present at the meeting and will then continue to have a tête-à-tête meeting with Kerry at 1230 hours local time (1030 GMT).

The Cyprus problem, Greco-Turkish relations, energy matters and the refugee crisis will be on the agenda.

A State Department press release on his visit to Athens says that Kerry will “discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues with the Greek government, including the migration and refugee crisis and progress on economic reforms.”

Asked about the agenda of Kerry’s visit during the daily press briefing on Thursday, Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said “I mean, obviously, Greece is a strong partner, an ally.”

“We work with Greece on a range of regional and as well as global issues,” he added.

However, he pointed out that he “can’t speculate what the exact agenda is going to be, but we’ll obviously try to get a readout for you once that meeting takes place.”