The President of the Republic met with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, met today afternoon at 10 Downing Street in London with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mrs Theresa May.

During the meeting the Prime Minister said that “the relationship between the UK and Cyprus has been developing very well and there is more we can build on.”

On his part, the President of the Republic said that the meeting “gives us a chance to exchange views, to have a brainstorming about our bilateral relations, about the Brexit, but about the Cyprus problem as well. I am sure that the bonds which bind us for centuries now will continue in the future.”

Afterwards Mrs May wished the President happy birthday and offered him a gift for his 70th birthday today.

After the meeting, which lasted for about one hour, the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, told reporters that “there was a constructive discussion and exchange of views during which two issues prevailed.

First, our bilateral relations and the need – following the recent referendum of the British people in relation to Brexit – for these relations not only to be maintained but also to be enhanced even more.

Within this framework there was a discussion on the negotiations between Brussels and London which are expected to begin after the British Government decides to activate Article 50, as well as the need to have a normal transition from today’s state of affairs to the newly formed situation.

The Cyprus problem was discussed with emphasis on three aspects, three issues. Firstly, issues pertaining to the evolution of the Republic of Cyprus; issues pertaining to the Security and Guarantees; there was a detailed presentation by the President of the Republic of his proposal submitted at the negotiating table, while an extended discussion took place on issues regarding Territory and Property and the connection between these two chapters.”

Asked about the response by Mrs May, the Government Spokesman said that “I must say that she is very well informed about the developments on the Cyprus problem and generally on the state of affairs at the negotiating table. She has discussed the Cyprus problem also during her recent meeting with the Turkish President. She expressed Britain’s readiness to assist either within the framework of the Security Council or otherwise bearing in mind the role that (Britain) plays in the Cyprus problem, while it is important that she reiterated the well-known position of Britain in relation to the Guarantees, in that they do not claim any guarantor role, but they are ready to play any role they might be asked to play if agreed by both communities.”

On the part of Cyprus, present at the meeting were also the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, the Government Spokesman and other officials.

Source: Press and Information Office.