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28-05-2024 13:39

Toast by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, at the official lunch in honour of the Amir of the State of Qatar, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the Presidential Palace

It is a true pleasure to welcome you, Your Highness, and your esteemed delegation to Cyprus and to the Presidential Palace.

It is also a unique honour to reciprocate the warm and exceptional hospitality that Your Highness has afforded my delegation and myself during my official visit to Doha last November.

Cyprus and Qatar are linked by geography and are part of the same neighbourhood. We are both advocates of diplomacy, dialogue and cooperation, and we respond to the challenges in our region by striving to foster stability, peace and security.

Your Highness, your official visit today is the first by a leader of a Gulf country to Cyprus since I was elected to the Presidency. It is also your first ever visit to Cyprus. It constitutes a strategic step in further developing as well as diversifying our strong bilateral ties.

In welcoming, Your Highness, once again to Cyprus, I am confident that today we begin writing the next chapter in the very promising Qatar-Cyprus relations. For the benefit of our countries, for the benefit of our peoples and for the benefit of our region.