The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, who is in New York attending the works of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), presented the Republic of Cyprus at the opening of the UNGA, addressed by the UN Secretary – General, Mr Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
UNSG Antonio Guterres opening statement was followed by the opening statement of Mr Miroslav Lajcak, President of the 72nd Session of the UNGA, and the speeches of the President of Brazil, Mr Michel Temer, and the US President Donald Trump. Earlier, President Anastasiades attended the welcome reception hosted by the UNSG in honour of the presidents and head of states and governments.
On the sidelines of the UNGA, President Anastasiades met his Egyptian counterpart, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Mauritius Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jungnauth. President Anastasiades also held separate meetings with China’s Foreign Minister, Mr Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister, Mr Sergey Lavrov, in addition to Greek Foreign Minister, Mr Nikos Kotzias. Government Spokesman, Mr Nicos Christodoulides, and Ambassador Kornilios Korniliou, Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations accompanied the President at his meetings.
In the afternoon, President Anastasiades presented the Republic of Cyprus in the reception hosted by the British Prime Minister, Ms Theresa May, and the Maltese Prime Minister, Mr Joseph Muscat, in honour of the presidents and head of states and governments. President’s agenda also included a short meeting with the British Prime with whom he discussed the Cyprus Problem and Brexit.
Later on the day, President Anastasiades and First Lady presented the Republic in the reception hosted by the US President Donald Trump and the First Lady, in honour of the world’s leaders who are attending the 72nd Session of UNGA in New York./IBNA