President Nicos Anastasiades praised France’s role in the Mediterranean on Monday and hailed their decisiveness which he described as a pillar of stability in the region.
The president was speaking at a small reception at the French embassy on the eve of Bastille day on Tuesday.
He said that during a period of heightened provocations the presence of French naval forces have acted as a stabilising factor.
Anastasiades also praised France’s role in the energy sector with the participation of the French company Total and its active involvement in Cyprus’ EEZ. It said it had broadened the horizon for cooperation which will benefit the EU’s energy security.
“For this reason, I express the deep appreciation of Cyprus for the support and solidarity of France,” he said.