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Anastasiades to travel to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain (Update)

President Nicos Anastasiades will leave on Monday for Saudi Arabia to pay his respects to the Saudi royal family after the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on Friday.

According to a statement from Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, Anastasiades will leave Cyprus directly after a meeting he is scheduled to have in the morning with party leaders to discuss energy, the Cyprus issue and the economy.

From Saudi Arabia, the President will travel the same day to Bahrain on an official four-day visit. It will be his first official visit to Bahrain.
Anastasiades will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Energy, Trade, Industry and Tourism Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis, the government spokesman and other officials.

In Bahrain Anastasiades will hold talks with King Ahmad bin Isa Al Khalifa, during which they will discuss issues of regional and international developments, bilateral relations between Cyprus and Bahrain, the Cyprus issue, and the fight against terrorism, the presidential palace said.
Bilateral agreements are expected to be signed in the fields of aviation, the avoidance of double taxation, terrorism, organised crime and drugs, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of health.

The President will also meet with Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salma Al Khalifa and will address a Cyprus business forum organised by the Cyprus Chambers of Commerce and Industry, which will involved dozens of businessmen from the island.

On the sidelines the Cypriot foreign and energy ministers will have separate meetings with their counterparts.

Earlier on Saturday Anastasiasdes conveyed Cyprus’ congratulations to the new Saudi king, Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the brother of the deceased monarch.
In a written message, Anastasiades spoke of the spirit of enhanced cooperation between the Cyprus and Saudi Arabia.

“The assumption of the King’s duties comes at a very challenging time for the wider region, due to the great instability brought on by prolonged conflicts and the rise of nefarious non-state actors, who aim to destroy norms of international conduct” the announcement continues,” the message said.
“It is the duty of moderate players to increase their coordination and efforts in order to tackle these enormous and multifaceted threats effectively.”



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