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Wang Yi Speaks with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides on the Phone

On April 30, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a phone conversation with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.

Christodoulides thanked China for helping Cyprus fight the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that Cyprus is willing to work with China to ensure a successful celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries and further enhance bilateral relations. Cyprus firmly adheres to the one-China principle, supports the EU in actively developing cooperation with China, and will continue to play a constructive role in this regard. Christodoulides also briefed Wang Yi on the informal 5+1 meeting on the Cyprus issue held in Geneva, appreciated China for its fair stance on this issue and hoped that China would continue to take such a stance.

Wang Yi said, China and Cyprus are good friends and partners of mutual respect and win-win cooperation. The two countries understand and support each other on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns, and are committed to maintaining mutual trust and friendship, safeguarding the basic norms governing international relations and maintaining the overall health and stability of China-EU relations. The two countries also keep on injecting new impetus into mutually beneficial cooperation through making joint contributions to the Belt and Road Initiative. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Cyprus. China is ready to hold various forms of celebration activities with Cyprus to further consolidate public support for China-Cyprus friendship.

Wang Yi noted, China and the EU are comprehensive strategic partners, for whom cooperation is the right path while confrontation leads to lose-lose scenarios. He hoped that Cyprus will continue to play a positive role in pushing forward China-EU relations. The fact that the informal 5+1 meeting on the Cyprus issue was held on schedule is a positive signal. China will continue to support all parties in pushing for a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the Cyprus issue on the precondition of strictly abiding by relevant United Nations resolutions and fully respecting the will of the Cypriot people.

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