Cyprus President visits the Holy See and will be received by the Pope on Monday

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades is paying a visit to the Holy See between 23-25 October during which he will be received by Pope Francis on Monday. Migration crisis, climate change and the Cyprus peace talks are on the agenda.

An announcement by the Head of his Press Office, Andreas Iosif, says that this is the third time during his tenure that President Anastasiades is visiting the Vatican. Iosif points out that the Republic of Cyprus and the Holy See maintain excellent bilateral relations and have strong ties of friendship and history.

It is added that President Anastasiades’ trip to the Vatican will be another opportunity to express his gratitude for Vatican’s support in the efforts to alleviate the social and economic problems the world is facing.

The meeting with Pope Francis is set to take place on Monday, October 24 at 10 am (Cyprus time). Climate change and Cyprus’ initiative for Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East as well as migration crisis will be on the agenda of the meeting with the Pontifex.

President Anastasiades will once again thank Pope Francis for his initiative during his historic trip a few months ago to Cyprus, to relocate 50 migrants to the Vatican. The announcement by the President’s press office says that the Vatican’s symbolic move acknowledges the difficulties that Cyprus is facing with the ever-increasing flow of migrants who come to the Cyprus Republic from the occupied areas.

Cyprus President will also thank Pope Francis for the establishment of the Nunciature of the Holy See based in Nicosia. The President of the Republic will also inform the Pope about the latest developments in the Cyprus issue and his efforts for the resumption of the peace talks under UN aegis as well as Turkey’s threats and challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Regional developments will also be discussed while views will be exchanged on the further strengthening of bilateral relations. During his visit, President Anastasiades will also meet with Vatican Prime Minister Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Secretary of State Archbishop Paul Gallagher.

On Monday evening, President Anastasiades will attend a dinner hosted in his honor by the Ambassador of Cyprus to the Vatican, George Poullides.

The President and his delegation return home on Tuesday.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Numerous rounds of peace talks under the UN aegis failed to yield results. The latest rounds of negotiations took place in 2017 in Crans Montana, Switzerland.


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