US Vice President Joe Biden who arrives in Turkey today on a three day visit, reportedly called Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades to ask if he wanted him to convey any messages to Ankara, ‘Hurriyet’ reports.
Biden telephoned Anastasiades to ask him, “What do you want me to tell Ankara?” amid strained ties between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides over rights on the energy resources of the divided island.
According to sources close to the Greek Cypriot government, Anastasiades told Biden, “I want to solve the Cyprus issue as soon as possible. Convey this.”
Biden, who is set to pay a three-day visit to Turkey between 21st and 23rd November reportedly told Anastasiades that he would call him again to inform him about his talks with the Turkish authorities.
The US official’s visit comes before Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s visit to Athens on 5th December.