President discusses bilateral relations with top UAE and Iraq officials
11:34 - 22 September 2023
President Nikos Christodoulides has discussed expanding Cyprus' bilateral cooperation with the Prime Minister of Iraq, Mohammed Al Sudani, and the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The meetings took place during the President’s visit to New York to participate in the 78th session of the UN General Assembly.
According to a press release issued by the Cyprus Presidency, Christodoulides and the Prime Minister of Iraq, Mohammed Al Sudani, on 21 September discussed the further development and expansion of the bilateral cooperation between Cyprus and Iraq.
President Christodoulides said, inter alia, that the Republic of Cyprus maintains diachronically friendly relations with Iraq, adding that at the same time there are many opportunities for cooperation which, when he was Foreign Minister, he discussed with his Iraqi counterpart in various meetings they had.
He added that their meeting provided the opportunity to look into ways of enhancing and expanding the bilateral relations.
On his part, the Prime Minister of Iraq said, among others, that there are many fields in which the bilateral cooperation between Cyprus and Iraq can be developed.
Moreover, he noted that there is an open invitation for the President of Cyprus to visit Iraq.
Christodoulides accepted the invitation and noted that Foreign Minister, Constantinos Kombos, will travel to Iraq next November to prepare for the forthcoming visit of the President of the Republic to Baghdad.
According to another press release issued by the Cyprus Presidency, during their 21 September meeting, Christodoulides and the Foreign Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, discussed the Cyprus problem, the two countries' bilateral relations, and regional developments.
Christodoulides also noted that he will soon visit Abu Dhabi to participate in the COP28 Conference on Climate Change that will take place in the UAE capital from the end of November until the beginning of December.