The US Embassy in Nicosia issued a press release on Monday in response to Greek Cypriot political parties who disapproved of Turkish military officers attending a social event in the north.
Strong criticism was directed at newly appointed US Ambassador Kathleen Ann Doherty and her diplomatic staff, who were seen in photos shaking hands with uniformed Turkish military officers.
The reception took place at Merit hotel in the north, where US embassy staff and other diplomats were present. Doherty addressed the meet-and-greet function and introduced her diplomatic team.
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