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A German president for the first time in Cyprus. Steinmeier is at the Presidential Palace today

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    Steinmeier's historic visit to Cyprus – Today the meeting with President Christodoulidis – What's on the agenda &#8211? Steinmeier's first visit to Cyprus in 2015 as his country's Minister of Foreign Affairs

    The President of Germany FrankWalter Steinmeier is in Cyprus since yesterday afternoon for an official visit, which ends tomorrow, at the invitation of the President of the Republic, Nikos Christodoulidis.

    This is the first visit by a German President to Cyprusfrom the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and which is interpreted as recognition of our country as a reliable partner.

    Government Spokesman, Konstantinos Letympiotis, stated on Friday that the first state visit of the President of Germany Frank- Walter Steinmeier in Cyprus is of grave importance. Besides, a statement from the German Presidency stated that this is a visit “to a country in the Eastern Mediterranean with which there is close cooperation, an EU member in a particular political as well as geographical position”.

    For the first time a German president has been visiting Cyprus since its independence. The official visit of Federal President Frank-Balter Steinmeier also coincides with important milestones: 50 years since the Turkish invasion, 20 years since Cyprus joined the EU, 35 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, 75 years since the establishment of the German Constitution.

    Again in Cyprus in 2015 as Minister of Foreign Affairs

    The FrankWalter Steinmeierwas in Cyprus again in 2015 for a one-day visit during which he had a meeting with the former President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades.

    At that time he had expressed the Germany's “great interest” in resolving the Cyprus issue.

    The program of the visit

    The President of Germany arrived in Cyprus late yesterday afternoon, accompanied by the members of the German delegation, and today he is going to the Presidential Palace, where he will be welcomed by the President of the Republic, Nikos Christodoulidis.

    Subsequently, there will be short awarding ceremonies of the two Presidents and then a private meeting and extended talks of the delegations of the two countries, while afterwards the two Presidents will make statements to the media.

    Next, the two Presidents will go to the City Hall Nicosia and then they will visit the old town of the capital along the green line.

    This will be followed by a lunch hosted by the leadership of the KEBE.

    In the afternoon the President of Germany will visit the Anthropological Laboratory of the DEA and will hold a short meeting with UNFICYP peacekeepers.

    Later will visit the House of Europe and the Goethe Institute. He will also go to the House of Representatives, where he will have a meeting with the President of the House.

    In the evening, the President of Germany will attend an official dinner hosted in his honor by President Christodoulidis, at Presidential Palace.

    Tomorrow Tuesday, President Steinmeier will visit Makarios III High School in Platis Aglantzias, where he will talk to students and then go to the Migrant Reception Center in Kofinou , where he will be informed by the Minister of the Interior. Afterwards, he will go to the village of Lefkara, where he will be guided. It will be followed by a lunch of the two Presidents in the village of Kato Drys, before President Steinmeier leaves for Germany.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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