PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades met on Thursday with British Prime Minister David Cameron and leaders from Latin America, on the sidelines of the EU-Latin American and Caribbean States Summit (EU-CELAC).
During his meeting with Cameron, President Anastasiades briefed him on the current developments in the Cyprus issue and on the state of the economy.
The two leaders also exchanged views on European affairs, mainly on EU-UK relations and British proposals to reform the EU.
Moreover, during his speech at the summit, Anastasiades emphasised that Europe and Latin America, are “natural partners” aiming towards the same goals.
Cyprus strongly supports the strengthening of EU-CELAC partnership in a wide range of issues, such as trade, development, tackling climate change and combating terrorism, the president said.
Referring in particular to terrorism, Anastasiades noted that Cyprus, an EU member state close to the Middle East, has an important role to play as a stabilising factor in promoting peace and security in the wider south east Mediterranean region.
On the sidelines of the summit, Anastasiades had the opportunity to talk with Latin American leaders, including Mexico`s President Enrique Peña Nieto, the President of Chile Michelle Bachelet and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff.
In particular, the president discussed with Rousseff the economy and she invited him to visit the country on the occasion of the Olympic Games in 2016, an invitation that was accepted by Anastasiades.