President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda came to Cyprus. The Polish leader will meet President Nicos Anastasiades, pay a visit to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force headquarters in Cyprus, and will collect the golden key to the city of Paphos.
Andrzej Duda’s official visit to Cyprus will begin on Thursday with a face-to-face conversation with President Nicos Anastasiades in the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia; Plenary sessions of both delegations were also planned.
– We will talk about our bilateral relations and what we can do to each other in the European Union. The president will report on the situation on our borders and show how Poland encounters a hybrid action (on the part of Belarus), said Jakub Kumoch, the head of the International Policy Bureau.
He pointed out that the president’s visit falls at a special moment in the history of bilateral relations, because this year we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Cyprus. – Poland was one of the first countries to recognize the Republic of Cyprus after it gained independence. Another important and connecting date in the modern history of both countries is 2004, when Poland and Cyprus became member states of the European Union – he pointed out.
Signing three documents
During the visit, in the presence of both presidents, three documents will be signed: an agreement between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs on political consultations, an agreement between the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland and the Deputy Ministry for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy of the Republic of Cyprus on cooperation in the area of cybersecurity and digital space, as well as the Cooperation Program in the fields of science, education, culture, sport and youth for the years 2021-2025.
Andrzej Duda will also visit the headquarters of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), where he will meet the special representative of the UN Secretary General in Cyprus and the head of the UNFICYP mission, Elizabeth Spehar.
Also on Thursday, Andrzej Duda and his wife will meet with representatives of the Polish diaspora, and in the evening they will take part in a gala dinner hosted by the President of Cyprus and his wife in honor of the Polish presidential couple.
The president’s Friday activity plan
On Friday, the president will meet the speaker of the House of Representatives of Cyprus, Annita Demetriou.
The presidential couple will meet the head of the Cypriot Orthodox Church, Archbishop Chrysostom II. A visit of the president and his wife to the church of St. Cross.
In the afternoon, in Paphos, Mayor Phedonas Phedonos will officially present President Duda with the golden key to the city.
At the end of the visit, the presidential couple will visit the archaeological site in Paphos, at the site of the work carried out by a team of Polish archaeologists led by Professor Ewdoksia Papuci-Władyka.
Since the intervention of the Turkish army in 1974 in the wake of the Greek-Cypriot nationalist coup, Cyprus has been divided into two parts. Mainly inhabited by Greek Cypriots, the southern part of the island is under the control of the internationally recognized government of the Republic of Cyprus. The north is administered by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognized only by Ankara and inhabited by Turkish Cypriots. For years, the island has been undergoing reunification negotiations under the aegis of the United Nations, with no result so far.
Main photo source: PAP / Mateusz Marek