The visiting dignitary is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on key bilateral, regional and international issues later in the day.
Anastasiades, who is currently on a five-day visit to India, was given a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi whom he described as an “inspiration” for Cyprus’ freedom struggle.
In a series of tweets, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, “Intensifying cooperation with Cyprus. EAM @SushmaSwaraj calls on President Nicos Anastasiades, discusses areas of bilateral cooperation.
“President of Cyprus paid homage to Father of Nation whom he later described as spiritual leader of Cyprus and inspiration for its freedom struggle.”
Highlights of PM Modi's speech during joint statement post meeting:
#We agreed there is urgent need for countries to act agnst those states that generate support,shelter factories of violence in our regions:PM
#I deeply appreciate Cyprus's support for India's bid for the UN Security Council: PM Modi
#Peace, security and development is our priority: PM Modi after meeting Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades