Ambassador Kyriacόs Kouros was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus on 3 April 2023.
Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Kouros held, since March 2018, the post of Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President of the Republic. In addition, since September 2015 he holds the post of National Security Advisor to the President of the Republic and Head of the Intelligence Service.
Ambassador Kouros is a career diplomat who joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus in 1996. During his versatile career, he has served in different overseas posts and in various departments within the Ministry.
In 2012 he was appointed Ambassador of Cyprus to the Netherlands with parallel accreditation as Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
In 2006 he was appointed Chargé d’Affaires of the Republic of Cyprus to Lebanon and in 2009 he was accredited as Cyprus’ first resident Ambassador to the country. During his posting in Lebanon, he dealt with two major conflicts and the terrorism wave which affected the country between 2006-2008. In this respect, he facilitated the evacuation of thousands of Cypriot and other EU citizens, providing consular assistance to those in need under life threatening conditions. For his service during this time, he was awarded the National Medal of Cedar of the Government of Lebanon.
Other overseas postings included Athens and Geneva. He was also appointed Ministerial Envoy to Libya in July 2011 and served from 1998 to 2002 as a member of the Working Group for the Search of Missing Persons from the 1974 Turkish invasion.
Prior to joining the Foreign Ministry, he worked from 1990 as editor at the Cyprus News Agency and from 1994 as Lecturer at the Journalism Department of Frederick University of Cyprus.
He is a graduate of the Law Department of the University of Athens. He has a Master of Arts in International Journalism from the Journalism Department of City University of London and a PhD from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens.
He speaks Greek (mother tongue), English, German and French.
Ambassador Kouros was born in Nicosia in 1963. He is married and has an adult daughter.
----------------------------- April 2023