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Christodoulides and Sunak discuss humanitarian aid and regional affairs

The telephone conversation between the two leaders highlights cooperation amidst ongoing challenges

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Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides engaged in a telephone conversation with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday, discussing various pressing issues including the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza via a maritime corridor from Cyprus, regional developments, the migration crisis, and updates on the Cyprus issue.

According to a statement by Government Spokesman Konstantinos Letymbiotis, the conversation primarily revolved around the ongoing efforts to facilitate humanitarian aid to Gaza through the "Amalthea" initiative, with President Christodoulides briefing Prime Minister Sunak on Cyprus' role and the broader regional implications. Sunak acknowledged Cyprus' leadership in the region, particularly citing its proactive stance during the evacuation operations in Sudan and its catalytic role in regional affairs.

The discussion also delved into the current phase of the Cyprus issue, with President Christodoulides highlighting efforts to resume talks from where they left off, emphasizing the constructive approach of the Cyprus government and the positive signals conveyed through unilateral measures towards Turkish Cypriots and EU-Turkey relations.

Migration challenges and strategies to address irregular migrant flows were also on the agenda, alongside regional developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Letymbiotis noted that both leaders agreed to maintain regular communication and keep each other informed about developments of mutual concern.

[Information from CNA]

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