Cyprus and Bahrain have signed a series of agreements, in the framework of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades` official visit to the Arab country.
According to an official press release, Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides signed with the Minister of Finance of Bahrain a bilateral Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation, with the Minister of Justice an Agreement on Fighting Terrorism and Organized Crime, with the Minister of Transportations and Telecommunications an Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding on Air Services and with the Minister of Health of Bahrain a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of Health.
Earlier, President Anastasiades, the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the delegations of the two countries held official talks at the Palace in Manama. Issues relating to the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations, EU-Bahrain ties, regional and international matters, as well as the economy were discussed.
On the part of Cyprus, present at the talks were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides, the Ambassador of the Republic to Bahrain Elpidoforos Economou and other officials. On the part of Bahrain present at the talks were the Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa and the Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed AL Khalifa.
Later on, President Anastasiades decorated, at a special ceremony, the King with the Grand Collar of the National Order of Makarios the Third and the King of Bahrain decorated the President with The Order of Al Khalıfa decoration.
Following that, the President and the Cypriot delegation attended an official lunch hosted by the King of Bahrain in honor of the President of the Republic.
President Anastasiades, accompanied by the members of the Cypriot delegation, was officially welcomed in the morning by the King of Bahrain at the Palace. During the welcoming ceremony a military guard of honour presented the appropriate honors, at the sound of the national anthems of both countries. The President and the King reviewed a guard of honou.
Tonight, the President will host a reception in honor of the Cypriot community of Bahrain and will attend a dinner hosted in honor by the Honorary Consul of Cyprus in Bahrain Stefanos Zachariades.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY