On September 13, Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian visited the Republic of Cyprus - the EU chairing state.
In Nicosia, Minister Nalbandian was received by President of Cyprus Dimitris Christofias.
The Armenian Foreign Minister and the President of Cyprus praised the intensive contacts between the two countries over the past years. They noted that the relations have risen to a qualitatively new level thanks to bilateral efforts and there is willingness on both sides to further reinforce and deepen the existing ties. The interlocutors agreed that the Armenian-Cypriot relations can be considered exemplary.
Dimitris Christofias presented the current state of settlement of the Cyprus issue. Edward Nalbandian noted that Armenia appreciates the constructive approach of the Republic of Cyprus on the settlement of the Cyprus issue. In this context, Minister Nalbandian attached importance to the joint declaration, under which the parties pledge to support each other in the settlement of the Cyprus and Artsakh issues.
In the context of the Cyprus Presidency of the European Union, reference was made to Armenia-EU cooperation, the talks on the Association Agreement, the facilitation of the visa regime and the negotiations on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.
The Armenian Foreign Minister briefed the President on Cyprus on the situation created after the release of the Azerbaijani murderer as a result of the Azerbaijani-Hungarian deal and hailed the unequivocal condemnation of the international community.
The same evening Edward Nalbandian participated in a reception at Nicosia's Hilton Park dedicated to the 21st anniversary of Armenia's independence and the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Cyprus.
The event was attended by the President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias, Speaker of Assembly Yannakis Omiru, Foreign Minister Erato Kozaku, members of government and parliament, Ambassadors accredited in Nicosia, representatives of the Armenian community of Cyprus.
President Christofias also greeted the participants and delivered a congratulatory address.