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Cyprus and Spain committed to upgrading bilateral relations

Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borell with Nikos Christodoulides

 Spain and Cyprus are committed to upgrading bilateral relations, the foreign ministers of both countries pledged after talks on Wednesday in Nicosia.
In his remarks, Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borell thanked Cyprus for defending the integrity of the Spanish state in the Catalan issue and said that Cyprus could count on Spain’s support on the Cyprus issue.
Borell’s meeting with Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides took place the day after the fifth Southern EU Countries Summit that was held in Nicosia on Tuesday.

Borell said Cyprus and Spain had a lot to do to enhance relations in infrastructure, tourism, education and other fields.
In his remarks Christodoulides said they had a very positive, productive, and forward-looking discussion on the full spectrum of the two countries’ excellent bilateral relations. They also exchanged views on a broad range of topics of common interest and concern, including European, regional and international issues.
The two also discussed a number of current issues on their European agenda, with a focus on Brexit, migration and EU relations with candidate countries including Turkey.

With regard to migration, Christodoulides said he conveyed “our deep concern at the latest increase in numbers of migrants arriving in Cyprus and asylum seekers. Spain and Cyprus share the view that an effective implementation of the core principle of solidarity is imperative.”

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