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Cypriot President arrives in India for state visit
2006-04-11 11:44:19

by Athena Arsalidou

New Delhi, Apr 11 (CNA) - Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos arrived here today to pay an official five-day visit at the invitation of Indian President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (April 11 -16).

President Papadopoulos, head of a delegation, was welcomed at the airport by Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma.

A press release of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs notes ''we expect the state visit of President Papadopoulos to strengthen and intensify our bilateral political and economic relations with the Republic of Cyprus.''

During his visit to India, President Papadopoulos will hold official talks with his Indian counterpart, Indian Prime Minster Dr. Manmohan Singh, and other members of the Cabinet, with whom he will discuss the Cyprus problem, ways to enhance Cyprus-India relations, the United Nations reform, as well as other international matters.

He will also address the business symposium organised by the chambers of commerce of New Delhi, and will be the key speaker at a conference by the Indian World Affairs Council.

President Papadopoulos will also visit the Mumbai Stock Exchange and Indian industries of high technology in Bangalore.

President Papadopoulos is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and Government Spokesman George Lillikas, Director General of the Ministry of Finance Christos Patsalides and the President's special advisor Chrysis Pantelides.

Moreover, a delegation of Cypriot businessmen and academics are accompanying the President during his visit.

According to a press release of the Indian Ministry of the host, India has consistently supported the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus. ''India hopes that a just and lasting solution will be found to the Cyprus problem in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions and the aspirations of the people of Cyprus,'' it adds.

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