Cyprus and Bulgaria to further deepen their cooperation, Ambassador tells CNA, in view of Radev’s official visit

President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, whose country will assume the EU rotating Presidency on January 1st, 2018, will pay an official visit to Cyprus on November 27 and 28. During his visit he will hold talks with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, and as the Ambassador of Bulgaria in Cyprus, Hristo Georgiev, has told CNA, bilateral agreements are expected to be signed in the areas of merchant shipping, education, culture and science, “that will significantly contribute to the further expansion and deepening of our bilateral cooperation.”

During his official visit, Radev will, among others, also meet with Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos, House President Demetris Syllouris, and Constantinos Christofides, Rector of the University of Cyprus, where he will give a lecture on “The Digital Future of Europe”.

Georgiev told CNA that the forthcoming official visit of the President of Bulgaria to Cyprus, following an invitation from the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades,” will be yet another expression of the closeness, mutual trust and excellent relations, tying both our countries and their peoples.”

He noted that “these relations have a solid base, the deeply-rooted historical and cultural ties between its two people as well as the integration of both Bulgaria and Cyprus within the broader family of the European Union”.

“Certainly, I expect a lot of topics to be discussed within the talks: economic cooperation, which should be expanded after the positive evidence of economic growth in both Bulgaria and Cyprus; cultural, educational and human contacts; the bilateral interaction on European and international level, the key role of Bulgaria and Cyprus as regional factors of stability,” he noted.

Georgiev said that “we highly appreciate Cyprus active policy in the Eastern Mediterranean,” and that “on its side, Bulgaria plays an important role in the South-Eastern European region. During the Bulgarian Presidency, we will pay special attention to the European perspectives of the Western Balkan countries,” he added.

He also noted that “undoubtedly, President Anastasiades will inform his Bulgarian counterpart on the latest developments of the Cyprus reunification talks,” underlining that “the Bulgarian position on the Cyprus question is principled, stable and consistent. The settlement should be within the UN framework, in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and in line with the principles and values on which the European Union is founded.”

Georgiev said he was strongly convinced “that the results from this visit, including the expected signing of the agreements in the areas of merchant shipping, education, culture and science, will significantly contribute to the further expansion and deepening of our bilateral cooperation.”

“Amongst other things, this is also one of the main goals of our Embassy – the expansion of the direct sectoral interaction and the specific, practical results from it,” he noted, recalling that “last years official visit of President Anastasiades to Bulgaria resulted in the signing of four agreements, the implementation of which is in progress.”

Noting that “for Bulgaria, the main forthcoming event is the Presidency of the Council of Europe,” the Ambassador said that “we are thoughtfully preparing and we are also well aware of our high responsibility. We know that we will keep many files, some – inheritance from previous Presidencies, others – completely new and full of various challenges,” he added.

“We have already set the priorities of the Presidency. They are in line with the European policies pursued so far and with the aspirations of Europes citizens for well-being, security and prosperity. Bulgaria will strive to be a good leader for the first six months of 2018, a good coordinator and mediator in resolving various arising issues and setting up topical issues,” Georgiev said.

He also thanked Cyprus “for sharing with us their experience from 2012, when Cyprus successfully held its European Presidency.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Efforts under the UN auspices to solve the problem have not yielded any results yet.

Source: Cyprus News Agency