Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus

Joint Communiqué, Madrid, 09 December 2021

The President of the Spanish Government, Mr Pedro Sánchez, and the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, held a meeting on 09 December, at the Palacio de la Moncloa, in the framework of the latter’s visit to Madrid following an invitation by His Majesty King Felipe VI.

During the meeting, the two Presidents reiterated the excellent relations shared between Spain and Cyprus and discussed global challenges and major issues of the European agenda. The two leaders exchanged views on the COVID-19 pandemic and emphasized the importance of sharing knowledge, expertise, best practices and technology. The two Presidents affirmed also their commitment to the EU recovery and resilience funds to boost the economies of their two countries and recover from the COVID-19 fallout. Their views also converged in relation to addressing migration, and from the prism of the Mediterranean first entry countries, stressed the importance of the adoption of a new Pact on Asylum and Migration that will enable the EU to respond swiftly and guarantee efficient management of migratory flows, based on shared responsibility and effective solidarity.

Furthermore, the two Presidents expressed their great satisfaction for the signing on this occasion of three Memoranda of Understanding, in the field of Health, political consultations between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs and cooperation between the Spanish Diplomatic School and the Cypriot Diplomatic Academy. They also expressed their strong willingness to enhance and deepen relations in commerce, innovation, tourism, culture, and education.

The leaders reiterated that a peaceful, stable, secure and prosperous Mediterranean is a strategic priority for the EU and expressed their support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of both countries. They also stressed the importance for the respect of the sovereign rights of each state in its maritime zones in accordance with international law, including international maritime law.

Lastly, they reaffirmed their strong support to a comprehensive and viable settlement of the Cyprus issue, based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as set out in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and in line with the EU acquis, values and principles. They have also stressed that, concerning Varosha, all UNSC resolutions and statements, as well as relevant decisions of the European Council, have to be respected and implemented in order, inter alia, to create a conducive environment that in turn will help to achieve a comprehensive and viable political settlement. This will not only benefit the people of Cyprus, both Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots, but will also significantly contribute to peace and stability in the broader region.