President to hold significant deliberations in Rome, says Government Spokesman

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades is having important deliberations in the framework of the 4th southern EU countries’ Summit, in Rome, as well bilateral contacts,Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said.

The President is expected to meet bilaterally with his French counterpart, Emanuel Macron, to be informed about his recent discussions with Turkish President over the Cyprus issue. He will also discuss energy with Italian Premier Gentiloni, as well as with Macron.

According to an announcement by the Presidency, Christodoulides told reporters that the 4th Summit of the seven southern EU countries has become a tradition and noted that he considers this to be an important development.

He added that the Summit is held ahead of the European Council that convenes on February 23, addressing issues such as the Economic and Monetary Union, with particular emphasis on employment, development and investments, that are of particular concern for EU Mediterranean countries.

Another topic to be discussed concerns migratory flows and how to address this important issue through joint action, he added.

Christodoulides also noted that the President of Cyprus will meet bilaterally with the Prime Minister of Greece, the President of France and the Premier of Italy.

He said that during his meeting with Macron, President Anastasiades is expected to be informed over his recent discussions in Paris with the Turkish President, concerning the Cyprus issue and efforts to resume talks.

The Government Spokesman said moreover that President Anastasiades will discuss with Italy’s Prime Minister primarily about energy developments, while the same topic will dominate the agenda of talks with Macron.

Italy’s EnI and French Total are currently drilling a well in block 6 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Source: Cyprus News Agency