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Israeli president begins Cyprus visit

President Nicos Anastasiades greets his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin on the steps of the palace (Christos Theodorides)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was meeting Tuesday morning with President Nicos Anastasiades after his arrival on the island under tight security that involved some roads in Nicosia and Larnaca being closed to traffic.

Rivlin was given an official welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in Nicosia where he was greeted by Anastasiades, and where he laid a wreath at the statue of Archbishop Makarios.

Present at the reception were Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou and Humanitarian Affairs Commissioner Photis Photiou and other officials.

The meeting between the two presidents will be followed by statements to the press and an official lunch.

The meeting was focusing on bilateral relations and their further improvement, with particular emphasis on issues which affect the citizens’ daily life such as education, culture, business activity, environment, transport and cybersecurity. Anastasiades was also to brief his Israeli counterpart on the Cyprus issue.
Rivlin is also expected to visit a monument in Nicosia dedicated to the 2,200 children of Holocaust survivors who were born in British detention camps in Cyprus in the aftermath of World War II, in the late 1940s

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