From: Lee, Carol
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:37 PM
To: Goodman, Meghan K. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS pool report #3
Vice President Biden is meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus.
Pool entered the room at 12:25pm. VPOTUS and Mr. Anastasiades were standing to pose for photos. VPOTUS pointed to your pooler and Steve Clemons and told Mr. Anastasiades to say nice things about him when we're around.
As pool was being ushered out, Mr. Clemons asked Mr. Anastasiades to tell us why you think that this is the right time for peace?
VPOTUS intervened and said, "Because Biden is here. Because Joe Biden is here..."
Then, as transcribed by Mr. Clemons (thank you!), President Anastasiades said: "There is always a time for peace - but bearing in mind the terrible turmoil in our neighborhood, I think it's high time for some of the outstanding, lasting problems - at least the last 50 years the Cypress question - it's high time to work tirelessly to find a solution.
Mr. Biden then broke in, "We have become strategic partners in really important undertakings we have, especially on terrorism."
Delegations, per the VP's office:
H.E. Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus
Mr. Nikos Christodoulides, Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President
Mr. Pantelis Pantelides, Attach?, Diplomatic Office of the President
United States Delegation
T.H. Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States
T.H. Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
T.H. Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs
T.H. Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President
Ms. Kate Bedingfield, Director of Communications, Office of the Vice President
Ms. Anna Makanju, Special Advisor to the Vice President for Europe and Russia
Mr. Mark Schapiro Director for Turkish, Greek, and Cypriot Affairs
The Wall Street Journal