Cyprus: Anastasiades pays an official visit to Bahrain

Cyprus: Anastasiades pays an official visit to Bahrain

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades met today with King Hamad bin Isa Khalifa of Bahrain, as part of his official visit to the country.

President Anastasiades arrived at 1pm at the Gudhaibiya Palace, where he was officially received by King Hamad bin Isa Khalifa, while a military procession paid tribute.

The Cyprus-Bahrain National Anthems were then played.

Subsequently, the President of the Republic and the King of Bahrain were joined in talks by the heads of the delegations of the two countries.

On the Cypriot side, the talks were attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Nikos Christodoulides, the Minister of Energy, Trade and Industry Ms. Natasha Pelidi, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Mr. Costas Kadis, the Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr. Savvas Perdios, the Government Spokesman Mr. Marios Pelekanos and officials.

Among the issues discussed during the expanded talks were the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and developments in the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations mainly on issues related to trade, renewable energy, agriculture, climate change, tourism and air links between the two countries and EU-Bahrain relations.

The President’s initiative on Climate Change, which particularly affects the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region, was also discussed, while issues related to mutual support between the two countries in international fora were discussed.

President Anastasiades also extended an invitation to the King of Bahrain to visit Cyprus.

Following the talks, an Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between Cyprus and Bahrain were signed.

In particular, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani signed an Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the abolition of visas on diplomatic, special and service passports.

The Agreement aims at strengthening bilateral relations between Cyprus and Bahrain and through it seeks to facilitate the movement of their nationals holding diplomatic, special or service passports.

Among other things, the Agreement provides that nationals of either of the Contracting Parties who hold valid diplomatic, special or service passports are exempted from entry, exit visa requirements, transit and stay in the territory of the other Contracting Party for a maximum period of 90 days during the 180 days following the date of their first entry, provided that they will not undertake any employment, whether self-employment or private activity within the territory of the other Contracting Party.

It also provides that nationals of either of the Contracting Parties who hold national diplomatic or special/service passports and are members of a diplomatic or consular mission may enter without a visa the territory of the other State and remain there for the duration of their term of office.

A Memorandum of Understanding on Economic and Technical Cooperation was also signed.

The MoU, which was signed by the Minister of Energy, Trade and Industry and on behalf of Bahrain by the Minister of Finance and National Economy Shaikh Salman Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, aims to strengthen friendly relations and develop economic and technical cooperation between the two countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, in the fields of industry, construction, agriculture, transport, telecommunications, hydrocarbon activities, education, scientific research, technology, tourism, investment, financial services and professional services.

To this end, it also provides, inter alia, for the encouragement of specialised organisations, companies and individuals to explore the possibilities of cooperation in the implementation and financing of projects, as well as the encouragement of economic cooperation to promote joint projects in the two States.

It also provides for the provision of all possible support to business communities, as well as the exchange of experts, scientists, technicians, students and trainees in relevant fields.

Following the signing of the Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding, the King of Bahrain hosted a banquet in honour of the President of the Republic./ibna