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Biden visits Anastasiades at Mount Sinai

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President Nicos Anastasiades made his first public appearance on Wednesday evening following his heart surgery when he was visited by US Vice President Joe Biden at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital.
The meeting lasted about fifteen minutes. Anastasiades said he would inform the political leaders of the content of the meeting once he returns home. He is expecting more high-level meetings next week once he is ensconced in his hotel to recuperate further.
The visits will include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and possibly US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.
“I hope that during these contacts will be given the opportunity to exchange views on issues related to our homeland and of course those surrounding the island’s exclusive economic zone,” the President said.
At the meeting with Biden no journalists were allowed other than for the photo-op.
Anastasaides thanked his doctors for their care and said he was pleased with the results of the surgery which repaired rather than replaced his mitral valve. He also spoke of possible collaboration with the US surgeon Dr David Adams in Cyprus.
He also thanked everyone who wished him well and pledged to be home in Cyprus before Christmas and to “work for better days in 2015”.

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