The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, departs today for Strasbourg, where on 24 January 2017 he will address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The Republic of Cyprus holds the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council from 22 November 2016 until 19 May 2017.
In the morning of 24 January, the President of the Republic will be welcomed at the Palais de l’ Europe by the President and the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly, Mr Pedro Agramunt, and, Mr Wojciech Sawicki, respectively.
The President of the Republic will later meet with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, followed by a meeting with the Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Nils Muiznieks.
At 12 noon (Cyprus time), the President of the Republic will address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and will later answer questions from members of the Assembly.
He will later hold a meeting with the President of Congress, Mr Gudrun Mosler-Tornstrom.
Subsequently, he will attend a special ceremony to mark the Holocaust Remembrance Day. He will then inaugurate, along with the President of Romania, Mr Klaus Iohannis, an exhibition about the Holocaust.
The President will then attend an official lunch hosted in his honor by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly.
In the evening, President Anastasiades will visit the European Court of Human Rights, where he will meet with the President of the Court, Mr Guido Raimondi, in the presence of the Cypriot judge at the ECHR, Mr Georgios Serghides.
Later on, the President will attend the concert “Mediterranean Heart”, given on the occasion of his visit.
The President of Cyprus, who will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulides, and the Government Spokesman, Nikos Christodoulides, will return to Cyprus on 25 January 2017./IBNA