President Nicos Anastasiades met today with King Hamad bin Isa Khalifa of Bahrain as part of his official visit to the country.
President Anastasiades arrived at 1pm at Gudhaibiya Palace, where he was formally received by King Hamad bin Isa Khalifa, while a military procession paid tribute.
The Cyprus-Bahrain National Anthem was then played.
Afterwards, the President of the Republic and the King of Bahrain were joined in talks by the heads of delegations of the two countries.
On the Cypriot side, the talks were attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikos Christodoulides, Minister of Energy, Trade and Industry Mrs. Natasha Pelidi, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Mr. Costas Kadis, Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr. Savvas Perdios, Government Spokesman Mr. Marios Pelekanos and officials.
Among the issues discussed during the enlarged talks were the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and developments in the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations mainly on issues related to trade, renewable energy, agriculture, climate change, tourism and air links between the two countries and the EU. with Bahrain.
The President’s initiative on Climate Change was also discussed, which particularly affects the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region, while issues related to mutual support between the two countries were discussed in international forums.
President Anastasiades also extended an invitation to the King of Bahrain to visit Cyprus.
Following the talks, an Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation were signed between Cyprus and Bahrain.
In particular, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani signed an agreement between the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the abolition of visas for diplomatic, special and service passports.
The agreement aims to strengthen bilateral relations between Cyprus and Bahrain and through it seeks to facilitate the movement of their citizens holding diplomatic, special or service passports.
Among other things, the Agreement provides that nationals of one of the Contracting Parties holding valid diplomatic, special or service passports are exempt from entry, exit visa requirements, transit and stay in the territory of the other Contracting Party for a maximum period of 90 days during 180 days after the date of their first entry, provided that they do not undertake any employment, whether self-employed or in private within the territory of the other Contracting Party.
It also provides that nationals of one of the Contracting Parties holding a national diplomatic or special / service passport and who are members of a diplomatic or consular mission may enter the territory of the other State without a visa and stay there for the duration of their term of office. office.
A Memorandum of Understanding on Economic and Technical Cooperation was also signed.
The Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed by the Minister of Energy, Trade and Industry and on behalf of Bahrain by the Minister of Finance and National Economy Shaikh Salman Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, aims to strengthen friendly relations and develop economic and technical cooperation between the dyve. countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, in the fields of industry, construction, agriculture, transport, telecommunications, hydrocarbon activities, education, research, technology, tourism, investment, financial services and professional services.
To this end, it also provides, inter alia, the encouragement of specialized organizations, companies and individuals to explore opportunities for cooperation in the implementation and financing of projects, as well as the encouragement of economic cooperation to promote joint projects in the two States. .
It also ensures the provision of all possible support to the business communities, as well as the exchange of experts, scientists, technicians, students and interns in relevant fields.
Following the signing of the Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding, the King of Bahrain organized a banquet in honor of the President of the Republic.