BRITISH Minister for Europe David Lidington, arrives in Cyprus on Tuesday for a working visit.
During the visit Lidington will attend a working dinner hosted by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides. The agenda of the discussions includes, bilateral relations between the two countries and possible ways for further strengthening the cooperation between Cyprus and the UK, the Cyprus problem, matters related to energy, developments in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean with particular emphasis on Syria and Iraq, as well as other European issues of common interest.
In the context of the visit Kasoulides and Lidington will visit the British ship HMS Defender, which is docked at Limassol port. The ship, which is in on its way back to the UK, has participated in the efforts of the ιnternational coalition against the Islamic State.
Lidington will also be received by President Nicos Anastasiades.
He will also give a key note speech on EU reform to members of the business community where he will discuss the need for changes in the EU to stimulate growth, create a better business environment and increase competitiveness.
Speaking ahead of the visit, the British High Commissioner, Ric Todd, said: “It is a real sign of the strength of our bilateral relationship that Mr Lidington is once again returning to Cyprus. The minister will reaffirm the UK’s strong commitment to support efforts by both communities reach a comprehensive settlement. Much has happened since his last visit and I know that he will be interested to see and hear first-hand both about our bilateral relationship and how we continue to work together on a range of security, foreign policy and regional issues. There will be important discussions on the future of Europe. Reform of the EU is in the interest of all member states and this is a subject on which the UK and Cyprus share many similar goals and we are keen to work together.”