Chinese, Cypriot Heads of State Exchange Congratulatory Messages on the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties
On December 14, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao exchanged congratulatory messages with Cypriot President Demetris Christofias on the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.
In his message, Hu said bilateral relations between China and Cyprus have developed smoothly since the establishment of diplomatic ties. Political mutual trust has continued to deepen and the two countries understand each other and support each other's major concerns, he said, adding bilateral pragmatic cooperation has also been expanding continuously. China highly values its relations with Cyprus and is ready to work with the country to deepen their traditional friendship, strengthen exchanges at various levels and enhance cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, culture and tourism, the Chinese president said. Hu said China is also willing to maintain communication and coordination with Cyprus on international and regional affairs to create a better future for China-Cyprus friendship and cooperation.
Christofias, for his part, said China and Cyprus have carried out close exchanges and cooperation, adding bilateral ties have been further strengthened through frequent high-level exchanges in recent years. Cyprus believes the two countries are on friendly terms and understand each other, which is in line with the common interests of both China and Cyprus, Christofias said. The president said Cyprus also believes bilateral relations would make further progress in the future.
On the same day, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also exchanged congratulatory messages with his Cypriot counterpart Erato Kozakou Marcoullis.