President Anastasiades and British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged yesterday to work together to help bring prosperity back to Cyprus.
A joint statement issued after their talks at 10 Downing Street said: “On energy issues, they agreed to continue close cooperation, particularly in education and training, over Cyprus’ exploration and exploitation of its natural resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone, in accordance with international law,” it said.
“This will enhance the EU’s energy security and will bring economic benefits,” it added.
On regional policy, Britain and Cyprus share a decisive commitment to addressing security threats and humanitarian issues, especially in the Middle East, it said
It went on to say that the Syrian crisis highlighted the potential for further cooperation and coordination between the two countries “including, with respect to the Sovereign Bases Areas, addressing possible threats and ensuring the security and the stability of the wider region.”
This included active co-operation in the drive for a political settlement in Syria and action to reduce the grave humanitarian consequences of the crisis.