Presidents of Cyprus and France hold tete-a-tete meeting, focusing on energy and security/defence

Presidents of Cyprus and France held on Tuesday a tete-a-tete meeting in Nicosia, during which they discussed Cyprus energy programme, security and defence and other bilateral issues.

Nicos Anastasiades and Emmanuel Macron held a meeting at the Presidential Palace in the framework of the 5th Southern EU Countries Summit, that takes place this evening in Nicosia.

According to CNA sources, the meeting falls within a series of meetings and ongoing contacts between the two countries, both at the level of the two Presidents and at ministerial level.

It is noted that the deliberations between the two states are underway for some time now. The two sides are working on closer cooperation and possible agreements on energy and security.

The two Presidents discussed about Cyprus energy program where French TOTAL is involved, cooperation in defence and security, other bilateral matters, while President Anastasiades briefed his French counterpart on the developments of the Cyprus issue.

Meanwhile, the two Presidents tweeted later on about their meeting. President Anastasiades said in his tweet in French that he was delighted to welcome his friend the president to Nicosia @emmanuelmacron.

He added that the two countries look forward to a close partnership and said that they had the opportunity to exchange ideas and further strengthen their bilateral relations.

Macron thanked Anastasiades and noted that Cyprus hosts the summit of the southern countries of the European Union and that together we will rise to the challenges of Europe.

The two Presidents participate now in the 5th Southern EU Countries Summit that takes place in Nicosia. The Summit will discuss the major challenges which the EU currently faces as migration, Brexit, energy security, the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework, developments in the Eurozone and climate change.

Regional issues will also be discussed, among which the Cyprus problem about which the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades will inform the other leaders of France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal and Malta. A Joint Declaration will be issued after the Summit.

Source: Cyprus News Agency