Cyprus-Ar­me­nia to en­hance re­gional ties

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Pres­i­dent of Ar­me­nia Serzh Sargsyan ar­rived on a two-day visit on Tues­day dur­ing which bi­lat­eral agree­ments were signed with Cyprus of­fi­cials, and he will be the key­note speaker at a lecture at the Univer­sity of Cyprus on Wed­nes­day.

Sargsyan, who was re­ceived by Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades and at­tended a ban­quet where for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Vas­sil­iou and Demetris Christofias were also present, re­asserted his coun­try’s sup­port to a just so­lu­tion to the Cyprus is­sue on the ba­sis of UN res­o­lu­tions.

In state­ments af­ter the meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades and the ex­panded talks be­tween the del­e­ga­tions of the two coun­tries, the Pres­i­dent of Ar­me­nia ex­pressed the hope that the ef­forts of Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades in Cyprus in solv­ing the Cyprus is­sue, will be com­pleted suc­cess­fully.

Sargsyan said that the friend­ship be­tween Ar­me­nia and Cyprus is strong and that the two coun­tries not only have his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural sim­i­lar­i­ties but also uni­ver­sal val­ues on which, he said, “we will build the fu­ture.”

“We talked about the de­vel­op­ments that open up new av­enues in ex­pand­ing our eco­nomic re­la­tions. This in­cludes the fact that the econ­omy of Cyprus is now able to con­trib­ute, within the frame­work of the Eurasian eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, re­la­tions with the EU and the new sit­u­a­tion cre­ated af­ter the lift­ing of sanc­tions on Iran, al­low­ing for new op­por­tu­ni­ties and pos­si­bil­i­ties”, said the Pres­i­dent of Ar­me­nia.

On his part, Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades praised the ex­cel­lent bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and good co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Cyprus and Ar­me­nia.

He noted that dur­ing the meet­ing they ex­changed views on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments on the Cyprus is­sue and on Nagorno Karabakh.

They both un­der­lined the sig­nif­i­cance of the ar­me­nian com­mu­nity in Cyprus.

“Our Ar­me­nian com­pa­tri­ots be­tween the two coun­tries,” re­marked.

He also re­ferred to the unan­i­mous de­ci­sion of the Cyprus House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to crim­i­nalise de­nial of the Ar­me­nian Geno­cide, not­ing that Cyprus was the first coun­try in 1982 to recog­nise the Ar­me­nian geno­cide. Anas­tasi­ades at­tended the Geno­cide cen­ten­nial event in Yere­van last April. are an im­por­tant link Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades

Sargsyan will also visit the Nareg Ar­me­nian el­e­men­tary school and meet with com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The Min­is­ters of Education and Cul­ture of the two coun­tries signed an agree­ment on mu­tual recog­ni­tion of diplo­mas, a co­op­er­a­tion pro­gramme in the ar­eas of education and sci­ence and a co­op­er­a­tion pro­gramme in the field of cul­ture.

Be­fore ar­riv­ing in Cyprus, Sargsyan was vis­it­ing Greece where he had sim­i­lar meet­ings with Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras and other govern­ment of­fi­cials.

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