Cyprus-France strategic cooperation was highlighted during the PtoB contacts in Paris – He held a series of meetings
The strategic cooperation that is developing between Cyprus and France in the key areas of security, defense, energy, tourism, trade and education and the mutual will for their further deepening were emphasized by the Speaker of the Parliament Annita Dimitriouand French officials, with whom she met today as part of her visit to France.
According to an announcement by the Parliament, Mrs. Dimitriou held a series of meetings today accompanied by the Ambassador of Cyprus in France Pavlos Kobo.
At the French National Assembly, Mrs. Dimitriou had a meeting with the President of the French National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet, in the presence of the President of the Foreign Affairs Committee Jean-Louis Bourlanges, the President of the France-Cyprus Friendship Group in the National Assembly Laurent Alexandre and the deputy representative of the French expatriates Meyer Habib.
The meeting with the President of the Senate Gérard Larcher was also attended by the Vice-President of the House, responsible for inter-parliamentary cooperation and Friendship Groups Loïc Hervé, the President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Cédric Perrin, the President of the France-Cyprus Friendship Group in the French Senate Samantha Cazebonne and the Member of the European Affairs Committee Pascale Gruny. Before the meetings with her two counterparts, Mrs. Dimitriou signed the guest books of the two Houses of the French Parliament.
Earlier, the President of the Parliament had a meeting with the President Cédric Perrin and the Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee. , of Defense and Armed Forces, in the framework of the Committee session. He also had a separate meeting with the President of the France-Cyprus Friendship Group in the French National Assembly Laurent Alexandre and Members Meyer Habib and Sophie Mette.
As noted, during the above meetings, the excellent level of relations and strategic cooperation between the two countries, based on common principles and values, was emphasized.
The President of the Parliament expressed the appreciation of Cyprus and its people for the long-term support of France as the leader of a European power and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, in the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, in accordance with international law, the relevant Resolutions of United Nations Security Council and European principles and values.
Mrs. Dimitriou also emphasized the commitment of the EU side to the goal of resuming the talks, from where they stopped in Crans Montana. The claim of the Turkish side for a “two-state” solution cannot be accepted, said Ms. Dimitriou, and Turkey's continuous violations of the EEZ and the territory of the Republic of Cyprus must be clearly condemned and the logic of two measures and two should be avoided stations, whether it is Ukraine and the Middle East, Nagorno-Karabakh, or Cyprus.
The strategic cooperation that is developing between the two countries, in the key areas of security, defense, energy, tourism, trade and education and the mutual will to further deepen them was emphasized. The common vision of achieving conditions of peace, stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean region was emphasized.
From the French side, the important role of Cyprus as a pillar of security and stability in this unstable region was noted and it was emphasized that Cyprus is a strategically important partner for France. In this context, sincere thanks were expressed for the facilities provided by Cyprus for the evacuation of French citizens from the war zone of the Middle East.
We must, emphasized the President of the Parliament, invest in more democracy and join forces to defend our common principles and values. We count on the leading role of France in this direction, said Mrs. Dimitriou.
As regards the immigration issue, Mrs. Dimitriou referred to the particular difficulties that Cyprus faces due to the use of irregular immigrants by the Turkey, but also of the ignition in the Middle East. He also stressed the need to reach a common and clear position at the level of the European Union, based on solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility between all member states.
We must stay on the right side of history, he said. the President of the Parliament and to defend our principles and values and therefore the European edifice itself.
Furthermore, in the afternoon, the President of the Parliament attended part of the Plenary Session of the Senate, during which the Vice President of the House Sophie Primas welcomed the presence of Mrs. Dimitriou on behalf of the President of the House Gérard Larcher.