House Speaker discusses Brexit, bilateral ties, economy and Cyprus issue with Portuguese Premier

House Speaker Dimitris Syllouris met on Tuesday Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa who is in Cyprus for the 5th MED7 Summit to begin in the afternoon in the capital Nicosia.

According to a press release by the Parliament, the two men discussed the bilateral relations, the Cyprus problem, Brexit, economy and the cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries.

Syllouris and Costa referred to the very good relations the two countries have established throughout the years, pointing out that they share common values as countries of the South and the MS of the EU.

Briefing the Prime Minister on the Cyprus issue, the House Speaker assured of the political will of the Greek Cypriot side for the resumption of the UN peace talks, pointing out that the Turkish intransigence remains an obstacle in finding a solution.

During the meeting the two men also discussed Brexit and ways to further enhance bilateral ties and parliamentary cooperation in the areas of tourism, shipping and technology.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in July 2017, collapsed at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana.

Source: Cyprus News Agency