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    Immense prospects for strengthening Cyprus bilateral relations – of Poland, says the PtD – What they said at a dinner hosted by Andrzej Duda

    In the huge prospects for strengthening the bilateral relations of Cyprus – of Poland was mentioned last night by the President of the Republic Nikos Christodoulidis with the President of Poland Andrzej Duda. President Christodoulidis, who is in Poland for an official visit, he sat last night at an official dinner with the First Lady, Filippa Karsera Christodoulidis, which was hosted in his honor by the Polish President and his wife in Warsaw.

    According to an announcement by the Presidency, welcoming President Christodoulides, President Duda said, among other things, speaking through an interpreter, that the first visit by the head of Cyprus was made in 1364 by the then King of Cyprus Peter I to the city of Krakow, which the President Christodoulidis will visit today.

    He referred to the 20-year common course of the two countries in the EU, but also to the diplomatic relations they have maintained since 1960, underlining that Poland was one of the first countries to recognize the Republic of Cyprus.

    President Duda thanked the President of the Republic for his stance against Russia's aggression against Ukraine, noting that “I was particularly impressed by the wisdom with which the President strives for the good of his nation and sets an example for others ».

    He also referred to the active Polish archaeological mission which has been in Cyprus for decades, thanking the President of the Republic for the help Poland received from the Cypriot authorities for the establishment of a Polish archaeological center in Paphos, the inauguration of which will take place within next months.

    He also added that Poland is the third nation in a row in terms of tourist traffic to Cyprus, underlining that the number of arrivals in Cyprus from Poland is expected to increase this year.

    The President of Poland also expressed the belief that the visit of the presidential couple of Cyprus will further strengthen the relations between the two countries.

    For his part, the President of the Republic said, among other things, that “Poland and Cyprus are not geographically neighboring, but it is incredible how many similarities the two countries have.

    He mentioned that geography was what determined and still determines the historical development of our countries. The Polish people managed to win their independence, to expel the occupying power. In Cyprus, he said, “we continue this struggle to end the occupation and reunite our homeland”. and reunification of Cyprus.

    These battles that we fight every day, he said, all that we have gone through in our history leaves us no choice but to always be on the right side of history.

    President Christodoulidis reiterated that the Republic of Cyprus condemns the illegal Russian invasion and occupation of Ukraine. “My country, the Cypriot people, know very well what invasion means, what occupation means, what human rights violations mean and we could not have had any other attitude,” he noted.

    He also mentioned that the two countries 20 years after joining the EU, “not only have we benefited from the EU, but we have also contributed to the development of the EU” and together with Denmark, “constitute the trio of the EU Presidency, 2025 and first half of 2026”.

    He expressed the belief that “as we did in 2011 and 2012, this time we will even better respond to the challenges of the presidency of the Council of the EU”.

    In his discussions with President Duda, he said, “with great we are happy to see the enormous prospects that exist for strengthening our bilateral relations”.

    He referred to the thousands of Polish visitors to Cyprus, noting that there are “beyond 35 flights every week, there is more demand for visits to Cyprus and we will encourage more flights from both sides and the big bet is that Poland will become the 2nd most visited country in a row of tourists in Cyprus”.

    Beyond tourism, he said, “there are huge prospects in the trade and investment sectors while he expressed satisfaction at the increase in exports from Cyprus to Poland with halloumi being so high in sales, in Poland”.

    “I want to repeat today, in the most official way, that as the Republic of Cyprus we have the political will to strengthen our relations at all levels. We have excellent relations, but at the same time there is huge scope to do more. And be sure that on the part of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus we will do everything possible”, said President Christodoulidis.

    He also referred to his visit to Krakow today where he will speak at the University with young people, saying that he is visiting Krakow because the President and his wife, when they came to Cyprus, visited Paphos, which is the city of President Christodoulidis, “so, I repay, friend President, the visit to your birthplace”.

    He expressed pride in the archaeological mission in Cyprus and assured that “as a Government we will do everything possible to help the mission”.

    Finally he assured that the two peoples “precisely because of their strong History, together let's continue to face the challenges successfully”.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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