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Cyprus President to hold talks with Berlusconi
2004-11-18 10:08:53

by Emilia Christophi

Rome, Nov 18 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos will hold talks here today with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at Palazzo Chigi.

President Papadopoulos, who is paying a two-day visit to Italy at the invitation of the Italian government, will also hold a series of meetings with other Italian officials.

The Cypriot President is accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Commerce, Industry and Tourism, George Iacovou and George Lillikas, the President’s Press Office Director Marios Karoyian and Cyprus’ Ambassador in Rome Alexandros Zenon.

President Papadopoulos will meet Prime Minister Berlusconi at 1330 local time.

At 1530, President Papadopoulos will meet Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Pier Ferdinando Casini and at 1700 he will meet Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

The Cypriot President concludes his trip to Italy with a meeting with Senate President Marcello Pepa.

Meanwhile Lillikas will hold a meeting with Foreign Trade Department deputy minister Adolfo Urso at 1800 local time. Urso visited Cyprus last April.

The two sides will examine bilateral trade and economic relations and investigate opportunities for expanding cooperation. Lillikas will also meet Italian business people.

President Papadopoulos returns to Cyprus tomorrow.

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