Cyprus Mail

‘Anastasiades’ Paris visit important for bilateral ties’

The president's apparent blunder was based on his mention of the ‘rights of the illegal entity’ in the north of the island

The upcoming visit by President Nicos Anastasiades to Paris is important as France and Cyprus have a very close and strong relationship both at a bilateral level and as EU member states, French ambassador René Troccaz said on Thursday.

Troccaz told the Cyprus News Agency that Anastasiades’ working visit to Paris on Monday will see him meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. The two presidents are expected to discuss, among other matters, the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations, regional issues and EU affairs, with Troccaz stressing that “Cyprus is our ally and an EU partner”.

This will be the fourth meeting between the presidents of France and Cyprus in the last two years, as former French President François Hollande visited Cyprus and held talks with Anastasiades both at the end of 2015 and in 2016, while in September 2016 the Cypriot president visited Paris and met him there.

The Ambassador said that President Macron lays particular emphasis on EU affairs and his coordination with his counterparts in the Union, and more specifically within the Eurozone.

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