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Anastasiades holds talks with Irish prime minister

President Nicos Anastasiades agreed on Tuesday with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to set up a working group which will study the consequences of the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU.

The president, who is in Ireland on an official two-day visit, met Kenny at his office in Dublin, accompanied by the Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides and the members of the Cyprus delegation.

Upon his arrival at the office of Kenny, president Anastasiades signed the official guest book and wrote that he hoped his visit would further enhance the already excellent ties between Cyprus and Ireland “to the benefit of our peoples, as well as to the benefit of the European Union in which we both belong”.

Talks at the meeting dealt with issues concerning the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations and regional issues, issues that concern the EU such as Brexit and the future of Europe, the refugee issue, as well as the situation in Syria.

Earlier in the day, the president held talks with his Irish counterpart Michael Higgins. The president, accompanied by first lady Andri Anastasiades and other members of the Cyprus delegation, was officially welcomed during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace by President Higgins and his spouse Sabina.

Anastasiades then signed the book of visitors of the Presidential Palace and inspected a Military Guard which presented honours, while the national anthems of the two countries were performed. There was a 21-gun salute while three aircraft of the Irish air force flew over the Presidential Palace.

The two presidents then held talks accompanied by members of their delegations.

Anastasiades and Higgins went to the gardens of the Presidential Palace where they planted a tree, a symbol of the friendship that binds the two countries.

After the welcoming ceremony, President Anastasiades visited the Gardens of Remembrance where he laid a wreath.

The president also had separate meetings with the Chairman of the Lower House of the Parliament of Ireland Sean O Fearghail and the Chairman of the Senate Denis O’Donovan, at the Parliament building in Dublin. During the meetings, commemorative gifts were exchanged.

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