Greek Prime Minister starts his two-day official visit to Cyprus

Greek Prime Minister starts his two-day official visit to Cyprus

The schedule of his contacts and what the Cypriot government says

By Michalis Michael

Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, starts his two-day official visit to Cyprus this morning, with a meeting with the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades. It is the first visit, after taking office, after the 7 July elections. During his visit he will also meet, among others, with the House Speaker Dimitris Syllouris, the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II and the leaders of the political parties.

On the basis of the program, the Prime Minister arrives on the island this morning and will immediately head to the Presidential Palace for a meeting with President Anastasiades. After the bilateral meeting of the delegations, press statements will follow at 12:00.

After that, the Prime Minister will have a meeting with House Speaker Dimitris Syllouris and in the afternoon separate meetings with the heads of parliamentary parties, with clubs and bi-communal NGOs. His Monday schedule ends with a dinner in honor by the President of the Republic. On Tuesday, the Greek Prime Minister will meet Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II and then he will visit the “Imprisoned Graves”, Makedonitissa’s Tomb and the camp of the Hellenic Force in Cyprus (ELDYK).

“Thankfully there is a common path”

As particularly important described the Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou the first visit of Greek Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis to Cyprus, saying that it coincided with a critical period.

“The Prime Minister’s visit is very important, it is the first visit of Mr. Mitsotakis and coincides with a critical period, with all the challenges that Cyprus and Greece are facing”, he added.

According to Mr. Prodromou, it is an opportunity, in addition to the official visit and its symbolism, to hold consultationd. I would not say, he said, “to draw a common path, because a common course exists fortunately, and it is maintained through constant communication throughout”.

The Government Spokesman also said that the Prime Minister of Greece will be accompanied by the Foreign and Energy Ministers and the Government Spokesman, adding that in the past few days the Greek Defence Minister also visited Cyprus. Therefore, he said, “in all the key issues consultations are taking place in order to see how to end all this provocation on the part of Turkey and through negotiations to be able to claim the solution of the Cyprus problem”.

Yesterday, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Denias said that during the visit of Greek Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis to Cyprus, a clear message will be given to Turkey that it is unacceptable to violate the sovereignty and sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus./ibna