The President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades held talks with the President of Ireland Michael Higgins, in the context of a two-day official visit to Dublin.
A press release says that the President was officially welcomed during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace. He was accompanied by his spouse Andri Anastasiades and the members of the Cyprus delegation.
They were welcomed by President Higgins and his spouse Sabina Higgins.
The President of the Republic then signed the Book of Visitors of the Presidential Palace.
President Anastasiades wrote the following in the Book of Visitors:
“I express my thanks to the President of Ireland for the warm welcome at the Presidential Palace. I hope that this official visit will strengthen further the already excellent relations between Cyprus and Ireland for the benefit of our people, as well as for the benefit of the European Union in which we both belong.”
President Anastasiades then inspected a Military Guard which presented honors and the national anthems of the two countries were performed. There was a 21 gun salute while three aircraft of the Irish air force flew over the Presidential Palace. Subsequently, the President of the Republic and his Irish counterpart greeted a group of children who were holding flags of Cyprus and Ireland.
Right after that, the two Presidents held talks along with the members of their delegations.
President Anastasiades and President Higgins went to the gardens of the Presidential Palace where they planted a tree, a symbol of the friendship that binds the two countries.
After the welcoming ceremony, President Anastasiades visited the Gardens of Remembrance where he laid a wreath.
Ιn the afternoon the President is set to meet the Prime Minister Enda Kenny.