The more difficulties Cyprus and Greece face, the stronger relations become, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Monday.
Pavlopoulos was speaking after meeting President Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia at the start of a two-day official meeting, his first since taking office.
Pavlopoulos said he felt at home in Cyprus and said the more difficulties the two countries face, the more their relations become stronger.
Anastasiades wished him well in his new duties, adding that he looked forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation even further.
Anastasaides said the strong bonds between the two countries dated back to ancient times and expressed the certainty that the Greek President`s visit would reconfirm the genuine interest of Greece in the people of Cyprus.
Pavlopoulos said the two countries shared common concerns both in the political and economical arena.
After their tete-à- tete meeting the two presidents presided over consultations between the delegations of the two countries. They are expected to make statements to the press shortly.
Later on Monday, Pavlopoulos will meet Archbishop Chrysostomos II and House President Yiannakis Omirou.
In the afternoon he will address the plenary of the House and will also have meetings with parliamentary parties.
In the evening, the Greek President will attend a formal dinner hosted by Anastasiades at the presidential palace.
On Tuesday, Pavlopoulos will visit the Green Line. He will be accompanied by Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis.
Before departing, he will visit the Greek contingent camp in Malounda, based in Cyprus in line with the provisions of the 1960 Constitution which established the Republic of Cyprus. (CNA)