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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-05-25

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has held a meeting in Canberra with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, in the framework of his official visit to the country from 25- 30 May.

    President Christofias, who is accompanied by First Lady Elsi, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou and government officials, was officially welcomed at the Canberra airport by Governor-General of Australia Quentin Bryce.

    According to an official press release, the Cypriot President`s meeting with the Australian Prime Minister was followed by official consultations with the participation of delegations from both countries.

    During his official visit in Australia, President Christofias will also have a meeting with President of the Australian Senate John Hogg and Speaker of the House of Representatives Harry Jenkins.

    The Cypriot President will visit the Australian War Memorial where he will lay a wreath and the National Museum. He will also visit the National Botanic Gardens in Canberra to take part in a tree planting ceremony.

    The following day, President Christofias will meet the Australia Cyprus Parliamentary Group and the Greek Monument where he will lay a wreath.

    He will then travel to Adelaide for a meeting with Mike Rann, South Australia`s Premier. He will also attend a lunch with Governor of South Australia Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce.

    During his stay in Adelaide, President Christofias will meet the Cypriot community of south Australia and will lay the foundation of the communitys new cultural centre.

    He will return to Melbourne for meetings with Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria and Minister for the Arts as well as Alex Chernov, Victoria`s Governor. The President will meet the Cypriot community of Melbourne and will give interviews to the local media.

    President Christofias will wrap up his official visit by traveling to Sydney for meetings New South Wales Governor Marie Bashir and his Eminence Archbishop Stylianos Harkianakis, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, as well as members of the Cypriot community.

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