The French Minister of European Affairs Clement Beaune visited Cyprus on Friday, where he had a meeting with the President of the Republic of Nicos Anastasiades and a working meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides.
The French Minister of European Affairs assured the President of the Republic that his country will continue its efforts to achieve peace and security in the Eastern Mediterranean region, said today the Deputy Government Spokesman Panagiotis Sentonas.
Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace, Panagiotis Sentonas said that “the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, received today at the Presidential Palace, the Minister of European Affairs of France, Clement Beaune.
During their meeting, the President of the Republic expressed his satisfaction for the excellent relations between Cyprus and France, which are at an excellent level. He also welcomed President Macron’s resolute stance on Turkey’s provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The President and the French Minister discussed at length Turkey’s illegal actions in the Cypriot EEZ, its threats in relation to Famagusta and the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean.
They also discussed the Immigration issue, the situation as it is in relation to the pandemic, but also the effects it has on the economy.
They also exchanged views on the special session of the European Council on 24-25 September. Both noted the need for the EU to examine all available means at its disposal in order to formulate a clear and decisive stance towards Turkey, which in disregard of international law violates the sovereign rights of the Member States of the Union.
For his part, the French official expressed his country’s firm support for the Republic of Cyprus and its sovereign rights and assured President Anastasiades that France would continue its efforts to bring peace and security to the Eastern Mediterranean”.
Afterwards, the French Minister had a working meeting with the Cypriot Foreign Minister. After the meeting, Clement Beaune stressed that the European Union should be ready to activate all the tools at its disposal for sanctions.
France’s position is that at the forthcoming European Council, Europe’s solidarity with Cyprus should be demonstrated in practice.
For his part, Nikos Christodoulides stressed that “in the coming days, in the crucial meetings that will take place in Brussels, our partners will show the same determination as France, so that together we can implement the decisions we have taken. I consider that the extensive discussions we have had today on this issue are of particular importance, in view of the strategic discussion that is planned to take place at the forthcoming European Council on the whole range of Euro-Turkish relations”./ibna