Acting President Demetris Syllouris on Thursday said China has always been a trustworthy and reliable friend of Cyprus.
Addressing a reception in Nicosia to honour the National Day of the Peoples’ Republic of China, Syllouris, who is also House Speaker, went on to say Cyprus had come to count on China’s assistance.
“During times of dire need, like the Turkish invasion in 1974 and, more recently, following the severe financial crisis, China was there to offer more than just mere words of encouragement. It is for this reason that we look forward to further forging and strengthening our friendship and cooperation, especially in areas like investments and tourism, to name just two,” Syllouris noted.
He said that the visit to China by President Nicos Anastasiades, in October last year, and that to Cyprus in December of the same year by the Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi, had been significant steps to that effect.
Syllouris noted that Cyprus has every reason to celebrate the anniversary of the People’s Republic of China: “Aside from many common elements our two nations share, like the struggle for national independence, freedom and dignity, Cyprus has often relied on China’s support to defend its inalienable rights, when their value and very existence was questioned. The strong and unbreakable bond, which has been formed by our two countries, has withstood the test of time. It is reinforced every day.”
He said that this December marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, “an event that demands its special recognition and appropriate celebration.”
Syllouris also noted that Cyprus and China have come a long way since acquiring their independence. “The path has not been easy, quite the contrary. It has been arduous in extremely demanding circumstances,” he noted, adding that “we have every right to look forward with optimism to better days, when our huge sacrifices shall prove not to have been in vain.”