Chinese PresidentXi Jinping met on Thursday with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, pledging to further friendly relations between the two countries.
Anastasiades is attending the Asian Political Parties’ Special Conference on the Silk Road held by the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing, which opened on Wednesday and runs through Friday.
Xi hoped that the two sides would cement political mutual trust by maintaining exchanges and dialogues among governments, legislative bodies and political parties.
He suggested the two sides push forward cooperation in economy and trade, energy, culture, education, tourism and infrastructure construction.
The two countries should maintain close coordination on international affairs, so as to jointly contribute to world peace and development, he said, voicing his appreciation for Cyprus’ stance of adhering to the one-China principle.
Xi said Cyprus always upholds an objective and fair view on issues concerning China’s core interests and major concerns as an important member of the EU.
Noting this year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of China-EU diplomatic relations, he said Cyprus has played a positive role in promoting China-Europe strategic mutual trust.
He hoped that Cyprus would continue to support the China-Europe partnership.
Anastasiades said Cyprus values friendly cooperative relations with China and thanks China for holding an objective and fair position on the Cyprus issue.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when the Turkish military intervened and controlled the north of the island after a coup by a group of Greek officers. For several decades, the United Nations has continuously worked to persuade the two communities to find a solution to the Cyprus issue.
Anastasiades said he was delighted to attend the Asian Political Parties’ Special Conference on the Silk Road, saying the Belt and Road initiative is vital to peace and prosperity of Asian countries.
The initiative also offers great opportunities for the sustainable development of the European countries, he added.