Japan sign MoU on assistance and repatriation of citizens in cases of crises

Cyprus and Japan on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding the reception, assistance and repatriation of citizens of the two countries in cases of crises. The MoU was signed between Cyprus FM Nicos Christodoulides and Japanese State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki Nakane. The Japanese Minister paid Cyprus an official visit to attend the opening of the Japanese Embassy, which was held tonight, in the presence of the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades.

In statements to the press, Christodoulides said that the Government will open an Embassy in Tokyo, by the end of the year. He also said that he has accepted an invitation to visit Japan next Fall.

In his statements Christodoulides pledged of Cyprus’ strong will to further enhance the bilateral ties, adding that the prospects to this end are extremely promising.

He also referred to the EU -Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed recently in Brussels, pointing out that Cyprus, as an EU member state will benefit from this agreement.

Christodoulides said during the meeting they discussed regional and international issues, as well as the Cyprus problem.

The Japanese Minister said that the two countries share the same values and they cooperate on a bilateral and international level. He said that Cyprus, as an EU member and a country in the Middle East region has a geopolitical role and this was one of the main reasons his country decided to open an Embassy in Nicosia. He also said that the bilateral cooperation will be enhanced further with more agreements.

The Republic of Cyprus remains divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island. Numerous UN-backed talks, aiming at reunifying the island under a federal roof, have failed to yield any results. The latest round of peace talks took place last July at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana but ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency