President: If I get an invitation from Mr Erdogan I will pay him a visit

President Nikos Christodoulides brushed off local media reports that he had been invited to Turkey by its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the current situation requires a serious approach when it comes to handling the Cyprus problem.

But he added that if he was invited by the Turkish president, he would “pay him a visit”.

The president was speaking to reporters as he arrived for the first day of the European Council meeting, in Brussels.

"Especially in the current situation we are in, the handling of the Cypriot issue requires seriousness and needs to stay away from publicity stunts and other purposes,” President Christodoulides said. “Of course, if I get an invitation from Mr Erdogan, I will pay him a visit," he added. “If there is a possibility of a meeting with Mr Erdogan, of course I will pursue it and I have to tell you that I have conveyed my readiness to him but also through third parties."

He added, however, that "even if there was a chance for this meeting to take place, certainly all that is coming to light does not help in any way."

(Information sourced from CNA)

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