Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus

The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, on 28-29 April 2022, paid an official visit to Tallinn, Estonia, accompanied by his spouse, Mrs Andri Anastasiades, and a delegation of government officials.

The Cypriot delegation included the Government Spokesman, Mr Marios Pelekanos, the Deputy Minister to the President, Mr Kyriacos Koushos, the Deputy Minister for Research Innovation and Digital Policy, Mr Kyriacos Kokkinos, the Ambassador of Cyprus to Estonia, based in Helsinki, Mr Demetris Samuel, the Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President, Mrs Koula Sophianou, and other officials.

President Anastasiades, accompanied by his spouse Mrs Andri Anastasiades, arrived in the morning at the Presidential Office (Kadriorg) in Tallinn where they were officially welcomed by the President of Estonia Mr Alar Karis and his spouse.

At the official welcoming ceremony, a military guard presented honours and the National Anthems of the two countries were performed.

The two Presidents then held a private meeting followed by expanded talks between the delegations of the two sides.

Among the issues discussed during the talks were the current situation on the Cyprus problem and the continuing provocations by Turkey against the Republic of Cyprus, the war in Ukraine, the bilateral relations between the two countries, and ways to further enhance cooperation between Cyprus and Estonia.

After the meeting at the Presidential Office, the President of the Republic visited Tallinn’s Town Hall where he met with the Mayor of the city Mr Mihhail Kõlvart.

Later on, the President visited the pharmacy Raeapteek, which is the oldest in Europe and operates since 1422.

Afterwards, President Anastasiades attended a working lunch hosted by the Speaker of the Estonian Parliament Mr Jüri Ratas.

The first day of the official visit of the President of the Republic was concluded with an official dinner hosted in his honour by President Karis.

For the toast by the President Anastasiades, at the official dinner offered by the Estonian President, press here.

On the second day of the official visit, the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades had a meeting with the Prime Minister of Estonia, Mrs Kaja Kallas, at the Prime Minister's Office in Tallinn.

The tet-a-tet meeting was followed by expanded talks between the delegations of the two countries, during which they discussed bilateral relations, developments in the Cyprus issue, the situation in Ukraine, immigration, energy security, EU-Turkey relations, as well as the green and the digital transition.

Following the talks, President Anastasiades and the Estonian Prime Minister signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding between Cyprus and Estonia in the field of Digital Cooperation.

After the conclusion of his official visit to Tallinn, President Anastasiades made remarks to the media were he said that "I want to express my satisfaction because the two-day visit to Estonia was quite productive, since, through the series of meetings we had with the President of Estonia Mr Karis, the Prime Minister Mrs Kallas and the Speaker of the Parliament Mr Ratas, we had the opportunity to focus on current issues, such as the war in Ukraine and its catastrophic repercussions, the Cyprus problem, a lingering issue that resembles perfectly all that we observe happening in Ukraine, namely, violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

I want to express gratifying thanks because there was complete understanding with regard to the Cyprus problem.

In addition to these two important issues, we discussed issues concerning migration, green transition, and the energy independence of Europe. But equally important for us is also the Memorandum of Understanding that we signed today with the Prime Minister of Estonia and which will help Cyprus significantly in transitioning to digitization and cybersecurity, in which Estonia has admittedly made leaps of progress.

Once again, I express my full satisfaction because through the meetings a commonality of positions on a significant number of issues was ascertained, especially with regard to the problem of Cyprus and also the problem of Ukraine".