President briefs Portuguese PM on proposal for more active EU involvement

President Nikos Christodoulides had a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa, whom he briefed on his proposal for a more active involvement of the EU in efforts to break the impasse in the Cyprus issue.

Government Spokesman Konstantinos Letymbiotis said in a written statement that the two leaders underlined the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as their close cooperation within the EU and also as members of the MED9 (group of Mediterranean countries).

Costa congratulated President Christodoulides on his election and said he aspired to further deepen the two countries' relations, particularly on issues of common interest, said Letymbiotis.

"The President of the Republic elaborated on his proposal for a more active involvement of the EU in the efforts to lift the deadlock in the Cyprus issue and immediately resume negotiations for a settlement, on the basis of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, within the UN framework. Moreover, they discussed issues included in the agenda of the forthcoming European Council, as well as regional issues," he said.

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