Today, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis, had a meeting with the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez.
The meeting took place at 12.30 pm (Cyprus time) at the Prime Minister’s Palace Mocnloa, Madrid.
Issues related to the European agenda, developments in the Cyprus issue and Turkish challenges in the maritime zones and on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, migration, efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic, regional developments were discussed during the meeting. Southern Neighborhood policy and Western Balkans issues.
Following the meeting, a joint statement was issued by the two governments regarding the meeting, which states:
The Prime Minister of Spain, Mr. Pedro Sanchez, and the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nikos Anastasiadis, met on December 9 at the Palace of Moncloa, as part of the latter’s visit to Madrid at the invitation of His Majesty King Philip.
During the meeting, the two leaders reiterated the excellent relations between Spain and Cyprus and discussed global challenges and important issues on the European agenda. The two leaders also exchanged views on the COVID-19 pandemic and stressed the importance of exchanging knowledge, know-how, best practices and technology.
They also reaffirmed their commitment to the EU Recovery and Resilience Fund to stimulate their two countries’ economies and recover from the effects of COVID-19.
They also shared their views on tackling migration, and in the light of the Mediterranean countries of first entry, stressed the importance of adopting a new Asylum and Migration Pact that will allow the EU to respond quickly and guarantee effective management of migration flows, based on shared responsibility and effective solidarity.
In addition, the two leaders expressed their great satisfaction with the signing, on this occasion, of three Memoranda of Understanding, in the field of Health, political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and cooperation between the Spanish Diplomatic School and the Cyprus Diplomatic Academy. They also expressed their strong will to strengthen and deepen relations in trade, innovation, tourism, culture and education.
The safe Mediterranean is an EU priority
The leaders reiterated that a peaceful, stable, secure and prosperous Mediterranean is a strategic priority for the EU and expressed their support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the two countries. They also stressed the importance of respecting the sovereign rights of each state in its maritime zones in accordance with international law, including the law of the sea.
Finally, they reaffirmed their strong support for a comprehensive and sustainable settlement of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as set out in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and in line with the acquis, EU principles and values. .
They also stressed that, in the case of Varos, all UN Security Council resolutions and declarations, as well as the relevant decisions of the European Council, must be respected and implemented in order, inter alia, to create a favorable environment which in turn will contribute to a comprehensive and sustainable political settlement. This will not only benefit the people of Cyprus, both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, but will make a significant contribution to peace and stability in the wider region.