French President Francois Hollande has reaffirmed his country`s interest for the Cyprus problem stressing that Cyprus is not alone.

President Hollande, who received on Wednesday the credentials of the new Ambassador of Cyprus to Paris, Pantias Eliades, expressed the wish that there is a good outcome at the talks for Cyprus` reunification.

After presenting his credentials, Eliades held a tete a tete meeting with President Hollande during which he conveyed the appreciation of President Anastasiades for the continuous and firm support of Paris as regards the Cyprus issue. He also informed the French President about the current phase of the intensified talks for the Cyprus issue that take place in Switzerland.

According to an official press release, the French President reassured of the friendship and support of France and expressed his satisfaction with the close cooperation and understanding between the two countries in all fields.

He also conveyed his warm greetings to President Anastasiades and wished for a good outcome at the talks for the Cyprus reunification.

Eliades said that Nicosia is satisfied with the excellent level of their bilateral relations adding that the Cypriot government and himself will continue to work towards the further deepening of the Cyprus – France ties.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led negotiations since May last year, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

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