President Anastasiades on Monday welcomed four new ambassadors to Cyprus.
Portugal has restored the appointment of a Cyprus-based ambassador with Joao Manuel Pina Perestrello Cavaco, while Hristo Georgiev takes up the reigns at the Bulgarian Embassy in Nicosia.
As non-resident ambassadors, Dr Ivan Velmir Starcevic represents Croatia from Athens and Surapit Kirtiputra oversees Thailand’s interests in Cyprus through Rome.
Presenting his credentials, Cavaco said he hoped to contribute to further advancing relations between the two bailed out countries which he said was based on “a warm and very close rapport” as well as common goals and interests within the EU.
“The fact that I will take functions as ambassador at a historical moment where Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots have started, under your initiative, new talks with a view to bringing the country together and to advance in close cooperation the cause of progress of Cyprus and its people, irrespective of ethnic origin, is also a point of deep satisfaction,” Cavaco added.
Presenting his credentials Georgiev, Bulgaria’s new ambassador to Cyprus, said: “The bilateral relations between our countries are excellent and our political dialogue is active and fruitful. Ι believe that in the very near future we will have the opportunity to carry out new meetings with the aim of further strengthening and deepening our cooperation. I am confident that the direct contacts between Bulgarian and Cyprus can lead to concrete positive results.”
The ambassador said he was committed to contributing to the deepening and widening of dialogue and cooperation between his country and Cyprus - countries on the European agenda and ongoing reforms of the EU.
“We are grateful that the Republic of Cyprus was among the first countries to ratify the Agreement for our accession to the European Union and open its labour market to Bulgarians,” Georgiev added.
Presenting his credentials to Anastasiades yesterday, Starcevic said, as a new EU member state, Croatia appreciated the results of the Cypriot EU Presidency in the second half of 2012.
“I would like to particularly stress good progress made in the field of maritime policy, among others by the Limassol Declaration, building a solid basis for further development in this area which is right now one of the priorities of the Hellenic EU Presidency as well.
This is of particular importance for all the Mediterranean countries, Croatia included,” Starcevic said.
The ambassador said his government supported developments in the Cyprus problem as it was following them closely “hoping for a successful outcome”.
“As far as the economic side is concerned we are following the implementation of the economic adjustment programme and we wish that as soon as possible Cyprus overcomes the present situation.
“I hope that the recent discovery of energy deposits in the eastern Mediterranean and plans regarding their transportation to European markets will play a significant positive role in this process as well as for the future of Cyprus in general,” Starcevic said.
The new Thailand ambassador Kirtiputra said his not being a resident ambassador and the vast geographical distances between the two countries did not mean Cyprus was absent from his country’s diplomatic view.
Kirtiputra said he had been entrusted with finding ways to further promote bilateral trade and tourism and with helping conclude the ongoing negotiations on two Memorandums of Understanding on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports and on cooperation between the foreign ministries of Thailand and Cyprus.
The ambassador said he would work to promote bilateral trade to a higher level and promote more investment cooperation.
He added: “I need to emphasise that besides our own dynamic market, in 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community will come into effect.
“Located at the heart of ASEAN’s geographic location, Thailand will be a strategic gateway to the single market and production base of 600 million people. Doing business with Thailand has therefore greater potential.”
Welcoming each of the four new ambassadors, Anastasiades outlined each of their special ties with Cyprus and extended the country’s willingness, on the level of both the government and the people, to provide every assistance in the performance of their duties. He also repeated his government’s commitment to working towards a viable solution to the Cyprus problem and exodus from the ongoing financial crisis.