|Wednesday, 22 January 2020|
Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 98-11-03
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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
 Israeli President hails Cyprus' European prospectThe President of Israel Mr. Ezer Weizman expressed satisfaction last night at Cyprus' European prospect adding that "we will be happy if Europe becomes closer to Israel by a forty minute flight".
Speaking at a banquet given in his honour, Mr. Weizman stressed that he is "encouraged by the progress achieved in recent years in the bilateral relations of Israel and Cyprus. Both countries have much to give and learn from each other" he said. The Israeli President also noted his country's wish to "expand co-operation with Cyprus in fields like, high - tech, telecommunications and health."
Addressing his guest at the banquet, the President of the Republic Mr. Glafcos Clerides expressed the belief that Cyprus' entry to the European Union "at the threshold of the 21st century will add to our role with regard to peace, security and stability in this volatile area" and "will establish an important link between Europe and the Middle East".
Underlining the need for the firm consolidation of peace in the Middle East, President Clerides said that "the road to peace is not easy at all" but expressed certainty that "there should be no return from the road marked by both Israelis and Palestinians towards a comprehensive peace in the Middle East."
Moreover President Clerides referring to the friendly bonds between the two countries, indicated that "Israel's military co-operation with Turkey constitutes a source of concern for our own security" and expressed hope that those activities will not "evolve into developments detrimental to our good relationship."
Clarifying his country's position on the matter, Mr. Weizman pointed out that "our relations with Ankara are not directed against you", adding that the "last thing we would wish to do is to harm you."
Earlier in the day, the Israeli President stated after talks with President Clerides, that the Israel - Turkey military agreement concerns no third party least of all Cyprus.
 Israeli President continues contacts in CyprusThe President of Israel Mr. Ezer Weizman continues his three day official visit to Cyprus with meetings with party leaders. Later in the day Mr. Weizman will meet with the President of the House of Representatives Mr Spyros Kyprianou at the House of Representatives, and with the Mayor of Nicosia Mr. Lellos Demetriades at Nicosia Town Hall.
At noon Mr. Weizman will attend a lunch hosted by Cyprus Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Mr. Nicos Rolandis.
Later in the afternoon Mr. Weizman will assist in a tree planting at the Athalassa Forest Park and will then meet with members of the Cyprus-Israeli Friendship Association.
In the evening Mr. Weizman will host a reception in honour of the President of the Republic and Mrs Glafcos Clerides.
 Cyprus and Romania sign Cultural Co-operation ProgrammeCyprus and Romania signed yesterday the Eighth Co-operation Programme in the fields of Culture and Science for the period 1998-2000.
The Programme provides for cultural exchanges between the two countries in education, archaeology, sciences, art, culture, radio-television and press and information sectors.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/