Cyprus cooperation network in M. East of interest to small EU countries, Luxembourg’s ambassador says

Luxembourgs Ambassador in Cyprus Paul Steinmetz, who is based in Athens, expressed during a meeting, on Wednesday with House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris, a wish small European countries, including his own, to make the most of the cooperation network Cyprus has developed with countries in the Middle East.

Syllouris briefed Steinmetz on the Conference of Parliaments Presidents of the Small States of Europe which is set to be hosted in Cyprus, a House of Representatives press release says.

Among other things, views were exchange on ways to have the best possible cooperation between small states at European and regional level and the need for them to have a strong presenced in this context, it adds.

Referring to the network of cooperation Cyprus has developed with countries in the Middle East, Steinmetz expressed the wish for it to be used further by small European states, including his own country, it notes.

During the meeting the two men conveyed their will to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries, specifically in the areas of services, education, research and technology.

An exchange of views on the prospects for a solution of the Cyprus problem ahead of the trilateral meeting in Berlin between Cyprus President Nicos Anasasiades, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, also took place, the press release concludes.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Cross-border education in meeting with new British Council Director

The House of Representatives President also received the new British Council Director Angela Henelly and discussed ways to further enhance educational cooperation and exchanges between Cyprus and the UK in particular through cross-border education.

Cyprus, Hennelly said, “is one of the fastest growing markets in the world in cross-border education,” adding that in this context many opportunites are offered for cooperation between the two countries universities.

On his part, Syllouris stressed the particular importance placed by Cyprus on cooperation with the Commonwealth network, as well as on the need to make the most of new developements of opportunities arising from the 4th industrial revolution.

Source: Cyprus News Agency