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New Delhi, April 19, 2011
India and Cyprus today reaffirmed their common desire to enhance bilateral relations in all mutually beneficial areas.
At a meeting between External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and Cyprus Foriegn Minister Markos Kyprianou here today, the two sides recalled the traditional ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
The two Ministers discssed various bilateral matters and regional and international issues of mutual interest during their delegation-level talks.
India and Cyprus have enjoyed a traditionally close and time-tested friendship bound by a common commitment to democracy, pluralism and the rule of law. The bilateral relations have been nurtured by regular high-level exchanges, the most recent being the visit of the President of India to Cyprus in October, 2009.
The two countries have consistently extended support to each other in multilateral fora including at the United Nations.
Mr Kyprianou briefed Mr Krishna on the committed efforts of his Government for finding a resolution of the Cyprus issue. He expressed his deep appreciation for India’s longstanding and principled support towards finding a just and lasting settlement that would lead to the peaceful re-unification of Cyprus.
Mr Krishna reiterated that India stood for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus and expressed the hope for a comprehensive settlement based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation as set out in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.
Mr Kyprianou reiterated the Government of Cyprus’ support for India’s candidature for permanent membership of an expanded UN Security Council.
Yesterday, Mr Kyprianou had called on Vice President M Hamid Ansari and met with the Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj.