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Official Visit of His Excellency Mr. M. J. Akbar,Minister of State, External Affairs of India to Cyprus on 30 March - 1 April, 2017

His Excellency Mr. M. J. Akbar, Minister of State External Affairs of India will be paying an official visit to Cyprus on 30 March – 1 April, 2017.

The relations between India and Cyprus have been traditionally very close and friendly.India has consistently and unwaveringly supported sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Cyprus and a peaceful resolution of the Cyprus issue.  India and Cyprus also cooperate closely at the UN, international organisations, Commonwealth and ASEM.

The main objective of the visit is to review present state of India-Cyprus relations in all fields and rejuvenate the historic friendly relations between the two countries. The visit will provide an excellent opportunity to exchange views on bilateral matters as well as on regional and international developments of mutual interest.

The Minister will be meeting H.E. Mr. NicosAnastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, Hon’ble Mr. IoannisKasoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon’ble Mr. DemetrisSyllouris, President, House of Representatives and Hon’ble Mr. YiorgosLillikas, President, Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives.

India and Cyprus enjoy robust economic ties, with cumulative foreign investment of more than US$ 9 billion received in India through Cyprus.  A revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement signed November last year is likely to facilitate more foreign investment.  There is a mechanism of Joint Economic Committee Meeting for discussing the ways boosting trade and investment.  In this context, the Minister deliver a keynote address titled“A new era for business between Cyprus and India” to the business community at the Cyprus Chambers of Commerce & Industry in Nicosia on 30 March 2017.

The Minister will also deliver a lecture titled “Balance of Power vs Pendulum of power”at UNESCO Amphitheatre, Europa Building, University of Nicosiaon 30 March 2017.

To promote appreciation of cultural heritage and understanding, the Minister, during his stay in Cyprus, will inaugurate “Konark Wheel”, asculpture gifted by India to Cyprus and installed at the Open Air Museum of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicosia.

23 March 2017

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