Cyprus Mail

Opening of Japanese Embassy base for enhancing bilateral ties

The opening of the Embassy of Japan in Cyprus in January this year is the symbolic representation of the deepening mutual relations between the two countries and it will be the base of further enhancement and expansion of bilateral ties in areas including politics, economy, trade, culture, education, science and technology, ambassador Shinichi Nakatsugawa said on Friday.

Presenting his credentials to President Nicos Anastasiades, the ambassador said the active exchange of high level bilateral visits is also important for the strengthening of the existing friendly relations between the two countries.

Receiving the credentials, Anastasiades said the opening of the Embassy provides renewed impetus for the deepening of the relations between the two countries, and further solidifies the long friendship based on common values of respect to international law, democracy and peaceful coexistence.

Japan and Cyprus have favourable opportunities to enhance further economic relations, Nakatsugawa said, by active use of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that came to settlement in December 2017 and the Japan-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) that was agreed in February 2018.

Anastasiades added that as an EU member, Cyprus will continue working towards enhancing Japan’s relations and cooperation with the European Union, while at the same time actively engage in encouraging opportunities in building cultural bridges and mutual understanding.

Ambassador Nakatsugawa said his government will continue its contributions to a peaceful and viable solution based on the related United Nations resolutions as a member of the G7 and the United Nations so that people of Cyprus may live in a secure environment.

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