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Cyprus President Receives Credentials Of New Ambassadors Of Austria, Romania And Palestine

Cyprus President Receives Credentials Of New Ambassadors Of Austria, Romania And Palestine

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, received on Friday separately the credentials of the new Ambassadors of Austria, Romania and Palestine to Cyprus.


Receiving the credentials, the President thanked the Ambassadors of the three countries for the principled stance on the Cyprus issue and the consistent support on the efforts to reach a lasting and comprehensive settlement, based on the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.


He added that despite the setback, the government maintain its commitment and decisiveness to continue and enhance its efforts until Turkey is persuaded to change course and align with the agreed UN framework and the decisions of the European Union.


Regarding Austria the President said that there’ s room for even closer economic cooperation.


“It is essential that we cooperate more effectively in order to promote trade, investment and tourism. Furthermore, with regards to tourism, we should strive to fully utilise our excellent air connectivity. We consider Austrians as highly valued tourists, who tend to be very interested in all that Cyprus has to offer. Similarly, Austria remains a highly popular destination for Cypriot tourists. There is, therefore, great potential for even further development of the tourist market”, he said.


Presenting her credentials, the Ambassador of Austria Dorothea Auer said that Austria was one of the first countries that participated in the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus, with a continuous presence for over 50 years.


She furthermore noted the mutual understanding and support between Austria and Cyprus, in various international fora, noting that Austria appreciates and thanks for the recent agreement on supporting the candidature of Austria to the Security Council for the term 2027-2028, at the elections to be held in 2026 in exchange for the candidature of the Republic of Cyprus to the Security Council for the term 2035-2036, at the elections to be held in 2034 as well the candidature of the Republic of Cyprus to the Human Rights Council for the term 2025-2027.


“Our sustainable cooperation in multilateral fora clearly shows that Cyprus has a deep understanding for Austrian sensitivities while Austria understands the concerns of Cyprus, especially with regard to overcoming the existing divisions. Let me reiterate in this context that Austria regularly stands by Cyprus”, she noted.


Addressing the Ambassador of Palestine, President Anastasiades said that Cyprus has been and will remain a supporter of a two-state solution to the Palestinian issue, in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions. 


He also assured that Cyprus’ government is ready to work to further deepen the bilateral relations in areas of common interest and to strengthen the  contacts with Palestine.


“As neighboring states”, the President added, “it is in the interest of both countries to create a new framework for cooperation between the states of the region, which will be based on dialogue, respect and peaceful coexistence”. He added that these are the principles that govern the tripartite cooperation they have developed with Greece and countries in the region, including Palestine. "I am confident that the consolidation of this cooperation will give a new impetus to the positive agenda, through which we are trying to change the face of the Eastern Mediterranean", he noted.


Ambassador of Palestine, Abdallah H.A. Attari, said that he intends to work for a cordial and closer cooperation between the two countries in various fields, such as culture, agriculture, education, health, tourism, etc., in order to promote the values and interests shared by Cyprus and Palestine, both being countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region.


He also expressed the desire to achieve a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus problem, which will ensure the sovereignty and integrity of Cyprus, and reaffirmed the support of the Palestinian leadership in all the efforts made by the government of the Republic of Cyprus in the negotiation process.


He also expressed his warm thanks to the government of the Republic of Cyprus for confirming its 1988 decision on the recognition of the Palestinian state.


Receiving the credentials of the Ambassador of Romania, Sorin-Dan Mihalache, the President said that Cyprus and Romania maintain excellent bilateral relations, based on mutual respect and understanding.


“We share common goals and aspirations in a number of important areas, ranging from foreign policy issues, to human rights and multilateral cooperation. Our two countries have developed and established relations of concrete substance and trusting dialogue, based on our shared democratic values for justice and peace, evident through our membership and close cooperation in the European Union, the United Nations and other international fora", he added.


He also said that extensive contacts between the two peoples strengthen the dialogue and collaboration in a practical way, thus establishing a successful social link between the two countries, which continues to thrive due to the sizeable active community of Romanians who live and work in Cyprus, as well as to the Cypriot student community who attends or have graduated from Romanian universities


Source: CNA


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