Work­ing group with Ire­land to re­view Brexit

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Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and Ire­land’s Prime Min­is­ter Enda Kenny have agreed to set up a work­ing group to study the con­se­quences of Bri­tain’s vote to leave the EU.

The talks in Dublin, where Anas­tasi­ades was on an of­fi­cial visit on Tues­day, dealt the lat­est de­vel­op­ments on the Cyprus prob­lem, bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and re­gional is­sues, is­sues that con­cern the EU such as Brexit and the fu­ture of europe, the refugee cri­sis, as well as the sit­u­a­tion in Syria.

Speak­ing to the press, Govern­ment Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said it was a “very con­struc­tive meet­ing that re­flects the high level of re­la­tions be­tween the Repub­lic of Cyprus and Ire­land and the very friendly re­la­tions be­tween” Anas­tasi­ades and Kenny.

The two, he said, dis­cussed the Cyprus prob­lem and its lat­est de­vel­op­ments, adding that Ire­land has over the time, been in­ter­ested on de­vel­op­ments con­cern­ing Cyprus as it par­tic­i­pates in the United Na­tions Peace­keep­ing Forces on the is­land since 1964.

Ire­land is also the third big­gest con­trib­u­tor to the Com­mit­tee for Miss­ing Per­sons, tasked with find­ing and iden­ti­fy­ing per­sons miss­ing from the 1974 war and the in­ter­com­mu­nal con­flicts in 1963.

Christodoulides said bi­lat­eral is­sues were ex­am­ined and there is will­ing­ness from both sides to re­in­force eco­nomic re­la­tions, with em­pha­sis on trade and tourism.

He also said the EU Coun­cil agenda was dis­cussed and more im­por­tantly Bri­tain’s de­ci­sion to exit from the EU and the EU’s fu­ture. “They agreed to es­tab­lish a Work­ing Group that will deal with the con­se­quences of Bri­tain’s exit, es­pe­cially for coun­tries like Ire­land and Cyprus which have close re­la­tions with Bri­tain”, he said. The spokesman ex­plained the work­ing group will al­low the two coun­tries to see how they can co­op­er­ate to fully se­cure the rights of the two coun­tries and see how the in­ter­ests of both coun­tries are safe­guarded af­ter the EU leaves the EU.

Christodoulides also said they dis­cussed the Mid­dle East is­sue in con­nec­tion with de­vel­op­ments in Syria, re­gional af­fairs and the forth­com­ing Euro­pean Coun­cil which will ex­am­ine re­la­tions be­tween Turkey and the EU and the lib­er­al­i­sa­tion of visas for Turkey. An ex­change of views on de­vel­op­ments in Turkey and how the EU can ap­proach the is­sue since Ankara needs to ful­fill all the re­quire­ments laid down by the EU be­fore the visa is­sue is ex­am­ined.

Ear­lier, Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades had sep­a­rate meet­ings with the Chair­man of the Lower House of the Par­lia­ment, Sean O’Fearghail and the Chair­man of the Se­nate, De­nis O’Dono­van, at the Par­lia­ment build­ing, in Dublin. The meet­ings dealt with is­sues re­lated to the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions of the two coun­tries in the fields of com­merce, econ­omy and tourism.

At the meet­ing with the Chair­man of the Lower House, there was a brief­ing by the Ir­ish side about the plans for the es­tab­lish­ment of a Friend­ship Group be­tween the Ir­ish Par­lia­ment and the Cyprus House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The Pres­i­dent pre­sented the Chair­man of the Lower House with a sil­ver copy of an am­phora from the Kyre­nia Ship, whereas the Chair­man of the Lower House pre­sented the Pres­i­dent with a sil­ver dec­o­ra­tive clock con­tain­ing the em­blem of Ire­land.

Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades

pre­sented

the Chair­man

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the Se­nate with sil­ver plate con­tain­ing a printed im­age of a mou­flon, whereas the Chair­man of the Se­nate pre­sented him with a copy of an Ir­ish small ship.

Anas­tasi­ades was re­ceived dur­ing an of­fi­cial wel­come by the Pres­i­dent of Ire­land, Michael D. Hig­gins at the Pres­i­den­tial Palace. The two pres­i­dents held talks along with the mem­bers of their del­e­ga­tions.

Fol­low­ing the talks, Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades and Pres­i­dent Hig­gins went to the gar­dens of the Pres­i­den­tial Palace where they planted a tree, a sym­bol of the friend­ship that binds the two coun­tries. Af­ter the wel­com­ing cer­e­mony, Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades vis­ited the Gar­dens of Remembrance where he laid a wreath.

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