The President of the Republic and the First Lady hosted a dinner for the President of Germany – Assurances from the PtD for the reunification of Cyprus – There is reason to look to the future with some optimism, said Steinmeier – Invitation of the two Presidents in the world to vote in the European elections
Tonight the President of the Republic referred to the common will of Cyprus and Germany to further strengthen the already excellent bilateral relationsMr. Nikos Christodoulidis, while the President of Germany, Mr. Frank Walter Steinmeier, noted that in such times we need a learned leader, such as President Christodoulidis, who can envision a better future and find ways to achieve it.
In his address at the official dinner, which he hosted together with his wife Ms. Filippa Karseras Christodoulidis, at the Presidential Palace, in honor of the President of Germany, who is making an official visit to Cyprus for the first time, President Christodoulidis said, among other things, that relations between Cyprus and Germany are at an excellent level, expressing satisfaction for the increased contacts and exchanges between the two countries at all levels.
He also referred to the common will of the two countries to further strengthen their ties both bilaterally and at European level.
He added that in the morning the two Presidents had very productive talks and an exchange of views on various issues, such as bilateral relations, the European agenda, regional issues and the Cyprus issue, noting that Cyprus and Germany maintain identical positions on many issues.
< p>Referring to the 20th anniversary of the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the EU, President Christodoulidis said that it is an opportunity to celebrate our European identity and what has been achieved in these 20 years.
He also pointed out that “this year also marks 50 years since the illegal Turkish invasion and continued occupation”, adding that he and the German President visited the green line today.< /p>
“I assured President Steinmeier of my determination to work for Cyprus's reunification. My vision is that Nicosia will soon cease to be the last divided capital in Europe and that all Cypriots will prosper in a reunited Cyprus, a member state of the EU”, said the President of the Republic, thanking the President of Germany for the country's principled attitude of the Cypriot.
Finally, President Christodoulidis characterized the visit of the President of Germany as historic, expressing at the same time the belief that it will give a new impetus to the substantial development of bilateral relations.
For his part, the President of Germany he said, among other things, that the Cyprus problem was one of the issues he was dealing with when he was Minister of Foreign Affairsand despite the fact that it is his first visit to the island as President of Germany, he nevertheless knows Cyprus well.
He added that sometimes there were hopeful moments, sometimes disappointing, while at other times the solution seemed to be very close, but was not achieved.
He also pointed out that we are going through times of conflicts and challenges, noting that this year's European elections are decisive in addressing common challenges such as immigration and curbing anti-democratic voices.
He also noted that both he and President Christodoulidis call on the people to vote in the European elections and thus shape the future of Europe.
Referring to the Cyprus issue, President Steinmeier said that “this year marks 50 years division. I believe that these days there is reason to look to the future with some optimism” and pointed to the appointment of the UN Secretary General's personal envoy for the Cyprus issue.
“This appointment is an important step
“This appointment is an important step
strong>to revive the talks under the auspices of the UN and to overcome the deadlock of the last years. Germany is ready to support the UN process. The German Government recently decided to send police officers to participate in the UN peacekeeping force in Kapro, for the first time”, said the President of Germany.
He also stated that he welcomes the sincere commitment of President Christodoulides to proceed with regard to the Cyprus issue.
Addressing President Christodoulidis, the German President said that “both of us have served our countries as Ministers of Foreign Affairs and I know very well the great experience from the international network that you bring with you to the Presidency. At the same time, you are an accomplished academic who continued to publish books on the History of Cyprus during your active political life. I believe that in such times we need a learned leader who can envision a better future and find ways to achieve it. You can count on Germany to stand by your country,” concluded President Steinmeier.