|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.
|The President begins his official visit to the Holy See|
The developments on the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations, regional issues, the economy and the protection of cultural heritage are among the issues to be discussed during the meeting the President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades will have today with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The President of the Republic will arrive at the Vatican at 11.30am (Cyprus time) accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, the Government Spokesman Mr Christos Stylianides, the Ambassador of the Republic to the Holy See Mr Yiorgos Poullides, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Mr Christos Patsalides and the Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President Mr Nicos Christodoulides.
The President will first have a private audience with Pope Francis, which will be followed by an expanded meeting of the Pope with the Cypriot delegation.
|The President of the Republic met with Pope Francis|
The President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades today had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican during which they discussed issues concerning the inter-religion dialogue, regional developments, the latest developments on the Cyprus problem, the bilateral relations between Cyprus and the Holy See, and the protection of cultural heritage.
The President of the Republic accompanied by his wife Mrs Andri Anasstasiades and the members of the Cyprus delegation, arrived at the Vatican at 11.30 (Cyprus time).
Subsequently, the President had a private audience with Pope Francis that lasted for 30 minutes, which was followed by an expanded meeting with the members of the Cyprus delegation.