|The President of the Republic met with the Chancellor of Germany|
Developments on the Cyprus problem, the course of the Cyprus economy and the situation in Ukraine were the issues discussed during today’s meeting between the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, and the Chancellor of Germany, Ms Angela Merkel, in Dublin.
Present at the meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the conference of the Heads of State and Government who come from the European Popular Party, were also the Government Spokesman, Mr Christos Stylianides, the Under Secretary to the President, Mr Constantinos Petrides, and the President of the Democratic Rally Party (DISY), Mr Averof Neophytou.
The meeting took place in a warm atmosphere and lasted for half an hour.
|The President departs from Brussels for Dublin|
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, will depart at 7.30 p.m. (Cyprus time) from Brussels, where he participated in the extraordinary Conference of the European Council on the issue of the situation in Ukraine, and will head for Dublin where he will participate in the proceedings of the Election Conference of the European Popular Party (EPP).
Tonight, the President of the Republic will attend the opening session of the proceedings of the EPP Conference, in which the Heads of State and Government who come from the EPP participate, and during which there will be elections for the selection of the EPP candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission.
|The President of the Republic departs for Brussels tomorrow|
The President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades departs early tomorrow morning, March 5, for Brussels, where he will attend the extraordinary EU Summit meeting on the issue of the situation in Ukraine.
On Thursday, 6 March, the President will participate in the extraordinary meeting of the Council of Europe, and late in the afternoon he will depart for Dublin, Ireland, where he will attend the meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the European Popular Party (EPP), during which there will be elections for the selection of the candidate of the EPP for the Presidency of the European Commission.
|The President visited the aircraft carrier Kuznetsov|
The hospitality provided to ships in the framework of a peaceful operation, demonstrates the stabilizing role that Cyprus can play in the region, said the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, who, accompanied by the Minister of Defence, Mr Photis Photiou, and the Director of his Office, Mr Panayiotis Antoniou, went at noon to the new port of Limassol, where he boarded a National Guard patrol vessel, which transferred him to the Russian Navy aircraft carrier Kuznetsov, which is in the open sea off the port of Limassol.
The President was welcomed on the carrier by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Cyprus, Mr Stanislav V. Osadchiy, and the Commander of the ship.
|The President received children from the Elementary School of Kato Polemidia|
President Anastasiades: We need the strength of unity to overcome the problems - The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, appealed to the political forces for unity, noting that the circumstances we went through and are experiencing are difficult but the battles we will give will be more difficult. He pointed out that we need the strength of unity to overcome the problems that will be raised through the Turkish or Turkish Cypriot demands at the negotiating table.
The President of the Republic, who was speaking at the Presidential Palace to teachers and children from the Elementary School of Kato Polemidia, said: “I am deeply moved to welcome you, knowing that you come mostly from occupied areas.”
|President of the Republic addresses the Cyprus Exports Awards 2012|
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, expressed the belief that with hard and collective work, we can turn the crisis into an opportunity, by daring today what we haven’t dared in the past. It seems, he said, that Cyprus is on the road of a new economic miracle, something that does not escape the attention and appreciation of both our international creditors and the international Press.
Speaking at the ceremony for the Cyprus Exports Awards 2012, President Anastasiades said that the course of recovery of the economy has registered its first positive results. Just eight months after the tough decisions of last March and after three years of continuous downgrading, in November we had the first upgrading of our economy from an international Ratings Service. At the same time, like during the first two evaluations from our international creditors, the recent third in line evaluation is positive and encouraging.
|The President of the Republic concluded his official visit to the Holy See|
The President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades concluded his official visit to the Holy See, where yesterday he met with Pope Francis, at the Vatican.
During his visit to the Vatican, where he was accompanied by his spouse Mrs Andri Anastasiades, the President of the Republic also had a meeting with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Holy See.
The President was also accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Energy, the Government Spokesman, the Ambassador of the Republic to the Holy See, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and the Director of his Diplomatic Office.
President Anastasiades and the Cypriot delegation will return to Cyprus tonight.
|The President met with the President of the Community of Sant’ Egidio|
The President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades met yesterday afternoon with the President of the Community of Sant’ Egidio, Professor Marco Impagliazzo, at the Headquarters of the Community.
The Sant’ Egidio Community is a powerful Roman Catholic Non-Governmental Organizations in the world, with a presence in 70 countries and with a rich humanitarian and mediation involvement on the African continent.
Among the issues discussed in the meeting were the interfaith dialogue, the bilateral relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the Sant’ Egidios Community and the protection of the religious and cultural heritage.
|Statement by the President after his meeting with Pope Francis|
Our positions are met with understanding with regard to the confidence building measures on the Cyprus problem, as well as with regard to other issues that concern, among others, the protection of religious and cultural heritage, said the President of the Republic Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, today.
In his remarks to reporters following his meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, President Anastasiades said that “my meeting with Pope Francis took place in the context of the campaign of meetings aiming to deepen relations but also to expand the possibility to exercise influence on those that are involved in the Cyprus problem.
I must say that it was an extremely important, productive and fruitful meeting, both with Pope Francis as well as with the Prime Minister of the Vatican.