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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-10-26

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    Cyprus House President Marios Garoyian and an inter-parliamentary delegation of the House of Representatives had a meeting on Monday with Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin.

    Addressing Garoyian and the members of the Cypriot delegation, Putin referred to the historic relations between Cyprus and Russia.

    He also noted that the agreement for the prevention of double taxation between Cyprus and Russia will make the two countries economic relations more transparent.

    In his response, Garoyian who is paying an official visit to Moscow said that his meeting with Putin is a privilege for him and expressed the gratitude of the people of Cyprus for the support of the Russian Federation to the people of Cyprus.

    Earlier today, President of the State Duma Boris Gryzlov has underlined the historical ties and mutual understanding between Russia and Cyprus, adding that they share very close positions on many international issues.

    Welcoming President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian to Moscow, Gryzlov praised the traditionally friendly relations between Russia and Cyprus and said that among both countries there is a dialogue of trust.

    Garoyian, , said he informed Gryzlov about the current phase of the UN led direct negotiations held in Cyprus among the leaders of the two communities with a view to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    I must say that there is a coincidence of views, he stressed.

    He noted the importance of his visit, saying it will further enhance bilateral relations and stressed that the excellent relations between the two parliaments and governments are founded on principles and common values.

    The House President expressed the gratitude of the people of Cyprus for the steadfast and consistent support of Russia during many crucial times, saying that Russia stood by our side and supported us.

    During the meeting, Garoyian proposed the enlargement of the 1997 cooperation protocol between the two parliaments. He said that his proposal has been accepted and the two parliaments will begin preparation in order to draft a more enhanced protocol.

    Meanwhile, Garoyian extended an invitation to Gryzlov to pay an official visit to Cyprus, which he has accepted.

    The House President, accompanied by a parliamentary delegation, held a meeting with Ivan Melnikov, Deputy President of the State Duma.

    Melnikov said that Russia supports the positions of the Republic of Cyprus for achieving a just solution in Cyprus. He added that the effort to strengthen bilateral relations will be enhanced with emphasis on the interparliamentary level.

    During his visit to Moscow, Garoyian will have a meeting with Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

    The Cypriot parliamentary delegation consists of MPs Nikos Katsourides, Parliamentary Spokesman of AKEL, Averof Neofytou, Vice President of DISY, Andreas Angelides, Parliamentary Spokesman of the Democratic Party, Yiannakis Omirou, President of EDEK and Dimitris Syllouris, President of the European Party.

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