By Cyprus Today staff
Officials had hoped to keep the visit quiet, for fear of inflaming tensions ahead of the TRNC president's dinner with Greek Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades.
Mr Akıncı could not be reached for comment, but a North Cyprus source confirmed the historic meeting and supplied the photograph.
The presidential aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Mr Akıncı had had more than an hour with Mr Trump in the White House and their discussion, which also included issues of trade and offshore hydrocarbons exploration, had been “extremely frank and very useful”.
They lunched together afterwards, and Mr Akıncı presented his host with gifts of hellim and baklava, and a Dizayn '74 plate, as samples of Turkish Cypriot culture.
The US president is due to receive Mr Anastasiades in June, with the South's government spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides, telling White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Tuesday that “the time has come” for the pair to meet.
Cyprus Today understands Mr Trump decided to meet Mr Akıncı first after phone conversations with Turkish officials.
A US administration spokesman declined to explain the unusual approach, saying only: “Mr Trump is a businessman who likes to get things done, and to have all the facts in front of him.”
It was also revealed yesterday that Mr Akıncı will meet UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Brussels on Tuesday.
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