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Bulgaria's President, Prime Minister Confer with Cypriot President Anastasiades

Speaking at a joint news briefing after his meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades here  on Tuesday, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said that they had discussed the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework and the two countries's common position in defence of the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy. "President Anastasiades and I firmly support the efforts to adopt a budget that would guarantee a sustainable economic and social cohesion in the EU, based on our principles of solidarity and unity," Radev also said.

The President of Cyprus is paying a two-day official visit to Bulgaria at the invitation of his Bulgarian counterpart.

Radev also said that he and his guest had discussed the bilateral ties, putting an emphasis on economic cooperation. In Radev's words, new perspectives will be  searched regarding new parameters for the bilateral economic and trade relations. Three  agreements will be signed between the two countries' chambers of commerce and industry, he added.

Radev went on to say that they had also discussed the energy perspective before Bulgaria and Cyprus, as well as the possible joining of the Three Seas Initiative by Cyprus.

Radev said he had expressed Bulgaria's systematic support for the effective solution of the Cyprus issue. In his words, he had  also expressed gratitude for the effort made to fully integrate  the Bulgarian community in Cyprus, comprising over 25,000 people.

President Anastasiades described the long-term bilateral relations as excellent. He said that during the talks he and Radev had expressed the shared will for broader bilateral cooperation in the areas of energy, innovations, and science, among others.

Anastasiades said he had informed his Bulgarian counterpart about the current situation regarding the Cyprus issue, about the violations of international law both at sea and on land related to drilling activities. He expressed willingness to participate in a new round of negotiations on the issue's complete solution.

Later on Tuesday, President Anastasiades met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, the Government Information Service reported. During the talks, Borissov put an emphasis on broadening the potential in agriculture, tourism, energy, culture, education and science, and shipping.

Borissov told Anastasiades that Bulgaria supports the agreement signed between Israel, Cyprus, and Greece on the construction of  the EastMed gas pipeline.

On Wednesday, the Cypriot President is scheduled to meet with National Assembly Chair Tsveta Karayancheva, Parliament's press centre said.


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