20 January 2014 12:17

 The United States is keeping a close eye on energy developments and set up an open line with Nicosia.
It is within this framework, that deputy assistant secretary for Energy Diplomacy Amos J Hochstein held a series of meetings in Cyprus earlier this week, holding meetings with the Foreign and Energy Ministers Ioannis Kasoulides and Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, as well as the president of natural gas public company Defa, Eleni Vasiliadou.
Having an overall picture of developments in other countries in the region, Hochstein asked to be briefed on Cyprus’ plans in this area, particularly as regards the construction of Vasiliko LNG plant.
The US is currently looking into all possible scenarios for the transfer of natural gas, taking into consideration the political developments in the region including Turkey, the Middle East and Egypt.
Even though the US diplomat’s portfolio does not cover the Cyprus issue he appears to have been briefed by State Department colleagues as developments there have an impact on his country’s plans on energy issues as well as on developments in the wider region.
It is clear the energy issues are high up on Nicosia’s agenda in its talks with foreign governments and according to informed sources will figure in the talks President Anastasiades will have in Berlin on May 6.


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