President Nicos Anastasiades sent congratulatory messages on Thursday to the new prime ministers of Spain and Italy expressing his wishes for enhancement of bilateral relations between Cyprus and the two countries.
In his message to Italy’s new Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, Anastasiades expressed his wish to work with him for the smooth realisation of the potential of bilateral relations, arising from the discovery of hydrocarbons in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and the active presence of Italian energy giant ENI.
“I would like to congratulate you on the assumption of your high duties as President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic and express our keenness to nurture the existing excellent relations between our two countries,” Anastasiades said in his message.
He also said that the two countries’ bilateral relations “acquired a new mutually beneficial impetus through the recent, promising hydrocarbon discoveries in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus, with the extensive and active presence of ENI and I look forward to working with you for the smooth realization of their potential.”
“I also look forward to working with you on our European Union agenda and on the advancement of the perspectives of the southern EU member states in addressing the many challenges that the Union is currently facing,” he said.
Anastasiades, in his congratulatory message, invited the new Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, to visit Cyprus in the near future.
“I would like to warmly congratulate you on your appointment as Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Spain and to convey my best wishes for every success in the accomplishment of your high office,” Anastasiades said.
He also said that he very much looked forward to “working closely with you in order to enhance the already solid and amicable relations between our two countries,” and that he is “convinced that our close cooperation within the framework of the European Union, as well as at the United Nations and other international fora will enable us to address the challenges and issues of mutual concern.”
“I would also like to take this opportunity to extend to you an invitation to visit Cyprus in the near future, at a mutually convenient date,” he said.