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Anastasiades undergoes medical tests

President Nicos Anastasides on Friday underwent medical tests at a private clinic ahead of a planned heart operation at the end of next month.

Anastasiades must undergo surgery on his heart’s mitral valve.

A statement from the presidential palace on Friday quoted Anastasiades as saying he had begun preliminary tests to prepare conditions for a successful  surgery. He was feeling fine, he said.

He also  told reporters who asked, that he would be “partially” relaxing his busy schedule leading up to the operation.

In fact, Anastasiades was due to address the AGM of the Cyprus International Business Association (CIBA) later on Friday but Finance Minister Harris Georgiades will now speak on his behalf at the event.

Anastasiades, 68, has a busy month ahead.  He has an upcoming visit to Israel on December 2 and a possible trip to Moscow, and also the European Council meeting in Brussels on December 17 and 18.  Anastasiades is also slated to visit Abu Dhabi, and the Slovak President is due in Cyprus early in December.

Anastasiades was forced to pull out of a key EU summit last month after suffering continuous nose bleeds, a result of high blood pressure, requiring him to spend two nights in a Brussels hospital.

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