Nicosia to sign cooperation agreements with Dubai
Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will sign MoUs on maritime transport, cybersecurity and diplomatic training during the visit of Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades to Dubai for Expo 2020 (postponed due to the pandemic).
Meanwhile, Anastasiades will meet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi at the palace in the UAE capital on Wednesday morning. Among the issues that are expected to be discussed are the Cyprus problem, regional developments, bilateral relations between Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates, energy issues and relations between the European Union and the United Arab Emirates.
Anastasiades heads a Cypriot delegation to Dubai made up of the Ministers of Finance, Energy, Defence, Agriculture and Transport, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Navigation and Research, the Deputy Minister the President and the Deputy Government Spokesperson.
As part of the visit, the Ministers of Energy, Transport, Defence, Agriculture and the Deputy Minister of Tourism will hold bilateral meetings today with their counterparts from the United Arab Emirates.
On Tuesday, Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy Kyriacos Kokkinos met with Omar Ahmed Suwaina al Suwaidi, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technologies.
During Anastasiades’ visit to Expo 2020 on Thursday and the consultations that will take place with the authorities of the United Arab Emirates, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of maritime transport will be signed. Deputy Minister of Merchant Marine Vassilis Demetriades will sign the memorandum on behalf of Cyprus.
In addition, a memorandum of understanding on cybersecurity will be signed. Deputy Minister Kokkinos will sign it on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus.
Flights to and from Saudi Arabia
Meanwhile, in Jeddah, Cypriot Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios said there was serious momentum to establish direct flights to and from Saudi Arabia, stressing that this possibility could unlock the Saudi tourist market for Cyprus.
Perdios traveled to Jeddah for contacts with local officials and tourism stakeholders, aiming to push for direct flights between the two countries, which Cyprus has been seeking for three years.
He had separate contacts with senior officials from the Saudi Chamber of Commerce and the General Civil Aviation Authority as well as air carriers, tour operators and cruise agencies.