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Anastasiades heading for Berlin (Updated: adds spokesman’s comments)

The president's letter did not include any confidential information, the government said on Monday

President Nicos Anastasiades was in Berlin on Sunday and is expected to take part in a working dinner with other European leaders at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

During the dinner, the Anastasiades expected to inform Merkel about the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

The leaders of Portugal, Malta, Lithuania and Latvia have also been invited to attend the dinner.

According to the government spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides, who is accompanying the president, the German Chancellor is hosting the meeting in the framework of a series of meetings she has with heads of state and government, ahead of the informal European Council summit, on September 16, in Bratislava, that will address the future of Europe after the result of the British referendum”.

He added that discussions would focus on the reasons that led to the decision of the British people to leave the EU and how these may be addressed.

Christodoulides noted that European leaders would exchange views on how to improve the functioning of the EU, to make it more efficient, and address EU policies. Of particular interest are policies that relate to financial governance, social cohesion and support for the youth, with leaders also discussing security and terrorism, and of course the migrant crisis, the spokesman added.

He went on to say that Anastasiades would have the opportunity to inform other guests over the latest developments in the ongoing settlement talks. In addition, he said that the president would inform the European leaders about initiatives to promote regional cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean, with particular focus on the trilateral cooperation schemes Nicosia is developing with Greece and countries from the region.

Asked if Anastasiades was expected to make any reference to the Mediterranean EU countries` Summit, that took place last Friday in Athens, Chistodoulides said there was no such intention. He added, however, that the Athens meeting “was under no circumstances an effort to form a group within the EU”.

The working dinner starts at 7pm Cyprus time. Anastasiades and his delegation are expected to return to Cyprus late on Sunday.

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