Australian Foreign Department officials reaffirm support to Republic of Cyprus

Officials of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs have reaffirmed their support to the Republic of Cyprus, international law, and peace and security on the island.

President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris and the interparliamentary delegation accompanying him on his official visit to Australia, met on Tuesday with First Assistant Secretary, Europe and Latin America Division, Cathy Raper, and Head Negotiator for Australia-EU relations Alison Burrows.

Raper expressed respect to the Republic of Cyprus, noting that it is the only state Australia recognises in Cyprus, and assured that her country was ready to offer its services in maintaining peace and security on the island.

Syllouris said Cyprus and Australia share the same interests and challenges, and announced that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has contributed a symbolic amount towards restoring the areas devastated by wildfires.

He also said that Turkey’s actions in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone were causing concern and that Cyprus had decided to address the issue in a positive manner, along with the other affected countries. Syllouris pointed out that Turkey has invaded Suria, Libya, and Greece, and was now invading Cyprus again.

Furthermore, Syllouris referred to ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in various sectors, such as investments, technology, education, and medical schools.

Source: Cyprus News Agency