The President of the House of Representatives Annita Demetriou represented Cyprus at London’s Commonwealth Speakers’ Summit, organised on Monday on the 75th anniversary of the organisation’s establishment.

Addressing the discussion organised by the Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Demetriou highlighted the role the Commonwealth of Nations can play in “responding effectively” to the many crises unfolding in today’s “world in turmoil” – from the climate emergency to enduring or frozen conflicts and safeguarding human rights for all. 

She also remarked that “there is great strength and vast potential emanating from the diverse and multicultural character of the Commonwealth.”

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency at the Palace of Westminster, the Cypriot House President said that her presence at the events signified the will for Cyprus to continue having an active involvement and an enhanced voice in the Commonwealth.

She added that after 75 years the nations should discuss and analyse how they can safeguard their principles and values and deal with common challenges.

Demetriou also laid a wreath at the Commonwealth Memorial Gates and attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, led by Queen Camilla.

The congregation heard from King Charles via a pre-recorded message that he would continue to serve the Commonwealth to the best of his ability.

The House President’s visit concludes on Monday evening with attendance of  the reception at the Commonwealth’s headquarters in London, hosted by its Secretary-General baroness Scotland. Demetiou returns to Cyprus on Tuesday.

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