11 January 2023 - Ambassador, Mr. Yiorgos Christofides, presented his credentials to the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Alain Berset

The new Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Switzerland, with residence in Rome, Mr. Yiorgos Christofides, presented yesterday, 10th January 2023, his Letters of Credence to the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Alain Berset.

During the meeting that followed, the Ambassador conveyed to President Berset the warm regards and wishes by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, for prosperity and progress of Switzerland and its people, as well as his congratulations for the election of Mr. Berset to the Presidency of the Swiss Confederation for the year 2023.

The Ambassador had the opportunity to underline the strong bonds between Cyprus and Switzerland, with particular emphasis in economy, tourism, migration and the protection of cultural heritage and reaffirmed, in this context, of his intention to exert every effort for the further strengthening of the close and productive cooperation between the two countries at a multilateral level and the deepening of their already excellent bilateral relations.

Mr Christofides, in view of the interest that Switzerland has exemplified throughout the years for the Cyprus problem, but also in view of the country’s assumption of its duties, as of 1st January 2023, as a non-permanent member of the Security Council of the UN, informed President Berset about the latest developments in relation to the Cyprus problem and the illegal and provocative behaviour of Turkey. The Ambassador underlined, in this respect, the huge importance we attach to the support by the international community to the efforts the Government makes for finding a settlement to the Cyprus problem within the agreed UN framework and on the basis of the relevant UNSC Resolutions and with full respect to International and European Law.

President Berset reassured, on his part, of the steadfast and longstanding adherence of Switzerland to the respect for the principles of International Law and underlined the importance that his country attributes to the further enhancement of its bilateral relations with Cyprus.