PM Modi meets Cyprus Prez, Swedish counterpart in NY

New York, Sept. 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on the sidelines of the 70th UNGA here.

“Mediterranean warmth with traditional friend Cyrpus. President Nicos Anastasiades with PM,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Relations between India and Cyprus have been traditionally very close and friendly. After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, India gave unstinted support to Cyprus’ successful efforts to gain international recognition for the Government of Nicosia, as the sole legal representative of the whole of Cyprus. India supports the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Cyprus.

India has consistently and unwaveringly supported a peaceful resolution of the Cyprus problem in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. India supports the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Cyprus.

The Prime Minister earlier met his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven.

“Showing the way in Human Development. PM @narendramodi meets Stefan Lofven, Prime Minister of Sweden,” Swarup said in another tweet.

The ties between India and Sweden were established in 1949 and are founded on shared democratic values. A number of bilateral ministerial visits have taken place in the last five years which have promoted cooperation in a number of important areas. Parliamentary contacts have also gathered momentum, adding further substance to the relations between the two democracies.

Mutual economic interests have emerged as the driver of the relationship with growth in bilateral trade, which crossed US $2 billion in 2009-10 and increased to US $2.4 billion in 2014-15. Two-way investments are also expanding.

There are complementarities in the areas of cutting edge technologies creating good potential for bilateral collaboration in key areas like green technologies, renewable energy, smart infrastructure, healthcare and defence. (ANI)

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