UAE believe in possibility of Cyprus solution and express solidarity with Nicosia in every forum

The United Arab Emirates believe in the possibility of solving the Cyprus issue, on the basis of the principles of international law, relevant United Nations resolutions and respect for sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Cyprus, and spare no effort in every forum to express solidarity with the Cypriot government in its quest for peaceful settlement, new UAE Ambassador to Cyprus Sultan Ahmed Ghanem Al Suwaidi has said.

Al Suwaidi presented his credentials on Wednesday to President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, who assured that efforts would continue both to solve the Cyprus problem and reunify the island, and to maintain Cyprus on a path of sustainable growth.

Presenting his credentials, Al Suwaidi said that His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, desires that my mission be focused on developing the bilateral relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Cyprus.

He also assured that the UAE firmly believes in the possibility of solving the Cyprus issue, on the basis of the principles of international law, relevant United Nations resolutions and respect for sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Cyprus.

The UAE spares no effort in every forum to express its solidarity with the Cypriot government in its quest for peaceful settlement of the dispute, he added.

Receiving the credentials, President Anastasiades noted that in the past few years we have incrementally strengthened and expanded our bilateral cooperation in numerous fields, including the areas of security and defence, and confirmed Cyprus’ willingness to take all necessary steps to maintain this very positive momentum to the mutual benefit of our countries and peoples.

We stand ready to deepen our economic, commercial and business relations with the UAE. Leading Emirati companies are investing in Cyprus and Cypriot companies are providing competitive and quality services and products in the UAE. The recent approval granted by the UAE Government for a direct flight route by a commercial carrier from Larnaca to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is a positive development, which can hopefully contribute to the increase of tourist flows, facilitate reciprocal investments and ideally bring our peoples even closer, he pointed out.

President Anastasiades referred to the challenges facing the Middle East, such as terrorism and extremism, civil war, and foreign intervention, noting that Cyprus and the UAE not only share a genuine concern about the challenges that the broader Middle East region is faced with, but also recognise the imperative that they be addressed.

Referring to the Cyprus problem, President Anastasiades said it is critical to end the unacceptable status quo in Cyprus caused by the illegal Turkish occupation of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, and to reunify our country, and reaffirmed our unwavering commitment to reunifying Cyprus and its people, and our determination to exert every effort to reach a comprehensive settlement.

President Anastasiades also reiterated our deep appreciation for the strong support of the Government of the United Arab Emirates to our continuous efforts to reach a just, viable and comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, in line with the relevant UN Council Resolutions, the EU law, values and principles, and the high-level agreements between the leaders of the two communities and the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014.

He then referred to efforts and peace talks to reach a settlement, noting that a positive outcome was not possible due to Turkish intransigence.

President Anastasiades expressed hope that Turkey will revisit its intransigent positions, particularly, in the areas of security and guarantees, and as regards demands that are not in line with Cyprus’ capacity as a member state of the EU, so as to create sound prospects of achieving an overall agreement.

The President also referred to the economy, pointing out that, five years ago, at the time of my first election as President of the Republic of Cyprus, this country was on the verge of financial collapse.

Today, we can proudly – once more – connect Cyprus to growth and potential. Cyprus is currently one of the fastest growing economies of the EU, with a GDP growth rate close to 4%. Most importantly, this growth rate is expected to remain at similar levels for the next coming years, he said.

President Anastasiades, who was re-elected to the presidency of the Republic on February 4, noted that his Government’s plan, during the next five years, is to continuously improve the country’s business environment so as to reinforce the position of Cyprus as a competitive, innovative, stable and fully transparent destination for business and investment; to maintain sound public finances; to continue the promotion of structural reforms; to preserve a stable and competitive tax regime and providing incentives for new business and investment.

Despite the economic difficulties that we have faced in the near past, our country’s comparative advantages not only remain intact, but have been further enhanced and expanded, setting them apart from most investment destinations. Cyprus today continues to be a highly competitive centre for international businesses, offering a platform for operations and preferential access to markets like Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, he said.

He also emphasised the strong commitment of my Government to continue working so that Cyprus remains firmly on a path of sustainable growth, and assured that we shall continue to invest in our human capital, supporting higher education and research, and creating a business-friendly economic environment.

Source: Cyprus News Agency