15 April 2014 21:03

ABU DHABI – Acting government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides on Tuesday said that the decision by the United Arab Emirates to open a Diplomatic Mission in Nicosia is an important step in strengthening further relations between Cyprus and UAE.
Talking to journalists in Abu Dhabi where he is accompanying President Anastasiades who is on a four day official visit to the Emirates, the spokesman also said that there is interest for investments in Cyprus.
“But hard work is required on our part so that there can be results,” he added.
On Tuesday, the President met with the Crown Prince and the discussion was in a very good atmosphere, he also said.
“There is interest about Cyprus, and they know Cyprus. They will be opening a Diplomatic Mission in Nicosia very shortly and this is a very important step in strengthening further our bilateral relations,” he added.
One of the main reasons the President and the ministers accompanying him are in Abu Dhabi and as of Wednesday in Dubai is to attract investments to Cyprus. “So, it is important that there is interest,” the spokesman said.
He also said that the President already had three meetings with investment funds – they are state funds and they invest in many countries of Europe.
“There is real interest about the fact that the Republic of Cyprus is member state of the EU and about the hydrocarbons issue –in Abu Dhabi more than 80% of the revenues come from the hydrocarbons sector - and it is expected that we will subsequently see, also through our own work, that there will be results,” he added.


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