President Nicos Anastasiades departs for Madrid on Wednesday for meetings with the country’s monarch and the prime minister.
On Thursday, Anastasiades will meet in the morning with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at the Moncloa Palace where the two will examine issues pertaining to the European agenda, developments on the Cyprus problem and the Turkish provocations in Cyprus’ EEZ, the immigration issue as well as efforts to manage the pandemic, regional developments, Southern neighbourhood policy, and western Balkan issues.A joint statement will be issued at the end of the talks. At 2pm Cyprus time, the president will be received by Felipe VI, the King of Spain at the Zarzuela Palace. Anastasiades and the First lady will then attend a lunch, given in their honour by the Spanish royal couple. Anastasiades will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, health minister Michalis Hadjipantelas, government spokesman Marios Pelekanos and other officials. On the sidelines of the visit, Christodoulides will hold a working breakfast on Thursday with his Spanish counterpart José Manuel Albares at the foreign ministry. Together with Hadjipantelas, Christodoulides will sign a memorandum of Understanding between Cyprus and Spain. Christodoulides will sign a Memorandum of Understanding for political consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs of the two countries, and a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of official bilateral cooperation between the Spanish Diplomatic School and the newly established Diplomatic Academy of the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The health minister together with his Spanish counterpart, Carolina Darias, will also sign a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of health concerning the exchange of knowledge and experiences regarding the response to the pandemic. Anastasiades and his entourage return home on Thursday evening.