New York, 24 September 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Iceland Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir met with the Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides in New York. Both Ministers discussed the common challenges of the two island nations.

77th UNGA Session

Foreign Ministers of Iceland and Cyprus are attending United Nations General Assembly High-Level Week 2022 which started on 20 September and will end on 26 September 2022.

The theme of the high-level week is based on the understanding that the world is experiencing a pivotal period in the history of the United Nations due to numerous closely linked crises.

These issues or crises include the COVID-19 pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine, humanitarian challenges, climate change, and growing worries about threats to the world economy.

It is essential to identify and concentrate on collaborative solutions to these crises to create a more resilient and sustainable environment for all people now as well as for future generations.

Therefore, high government officials and Foreign Ministers from around the world are participating in the ongoing UNGA session in New York to enhance collaboration for dealing with global issues.

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Iceland-Cyprus relations

Cyprus and Iceland share many similarities despite being located on opposite ends of continental Europe, over 5000 kilometers apart.

The most striking similarities between the two countries are that they are both island States with illustrious histories that rose successfully from colonialism in the middle of the 20th century.

Cyprus and Iceland have strong bilateral ties and frequently collaborate on international issues as well as regional issues.

Most notably, Cyprus and Iceland frequently participate in the Games of the Small States of Europe, where they engage in friendly competition. The games between the two national teams are often quite competitive and always take place in a tremendous atmosphere.