New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted India’s support to the “independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity” of the Republic of Cyprus.
Modi met the Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on the sidelines of the 74th sessions of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.
“Relationship marked by mutual support and understanding PM @narendramodi met with President of Cyprus @AnastasiadesCY driving forward the common desire to deepen & diversify cooperation between the two countries,” tweeted Raveesh Kumar.
Relationship marked by mutual support and understanding
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) September 27, 2019
The Prime Minister also thanked the Government of Cyprus for its support to India’s candidature for the UNSC’s permanent membership in an expanded Security Council, NSG and other international platforms.
Since 1974, the Cyprus island has been divided into two regions after Turkey invaded the island in response to a Greek nationalist coup. A large Turkish military’s presence has remained on the island since then.
A succession of the talks to reunite the island has failed miserably on core issues including the readjustment of territory.
The two leaders stressed the need to enhance the volume of bilateral trade and investment given the considerable potential and strength of the two economies.