President Nicos Anastasiades received on Wednesday at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for a private meeting.
After the meeting, Blair told reporters that he had an excellent meeting with the President.
“We discussed issues concerning Cyprus and the region and also the strong ties between our two countries and the importance of keeping those ties in a very good condition. The Cypriot community is hugely respected in the UK”.
“I love it, I love the culture, the sunshine and the people are really friendly. My daughter-in-law is Cypriot”
When asked whether the two discussed the Cyprus problem Blair replied: “The President explained his position, the big opportunities for Cyprus at the moment, but also the challenges because of the difficult relationships in the region. We had the opportunity to discuss about the Middle East and Europe.”
It is the former PM's first time to Cyprus but he has a Cypriot connection: “I love it, I love the culture, the sunshine and the people are really friendly. My daughter-in-law is Cypriot.”
Blair was UK Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007 and remains the last Labour leader to have won a general election. He now runs the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.