Ram Nath Kovind holds talks with Cyprus president, signs agreements on money laundering, environment

India and Cyprus signed two agreements on combating money laundering and cooperation in the field of the environment on Monday as President Ram Nath Kovind met his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades and held wide-ranging talks in Nicosia.

Ram Nath Kovind holds talks with Cyprus president, signs agreements on money laundering, environment

President Ram Nath Kovind departs for Cyprus. Twitter/@rashtrapatibhvn

President Kovind is in Cyprus on the first leg of his three-nation visit to Europe to continue India's high-level engagements with European countries.

Kovind and Anastasiades exchanged views on economic cooperation during their talks. India happens to be the fastest growing major economy in the world today with a growth rate of 8.2 percent last quarter, the President said. "In this context and given Cyprus' niche expertise in financial services and investment banking, both of us agreed that there was much scope to deepen our investment partnership," Kovind said in a statement.

"We welcomed the signing of the MoU between Financial Intelligence Unit, India and Unit for Combating Money Laundering of Cyprus.

"This agreement would further strengthen the institutional framework to facilitate investment cross-flows. We also emphasised that the revision in the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement made in 2016 provided greater opportunities for our investment partnership to grow," Kovind said.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet:

Kovind and Anastasiades held discussions on issues of mutual interest including promotion of business collaboration in the fields of IT and IT-enabled services, tourism, shipping and renewable energy, Kumar said. In a statement, Kovind said: "President Anastasiades and I held detailed discussions on the way forward for our long-standing and excellent relations. I reaffirmed India's unwavering support to Cyprus for upholding its sovereignty and territorial integrity. We reviewed our ongoing bilateral and multilateral engagements and discussed issues of regional and global concern. We underlined our common objectives to negotiate the challenges that lie ahead. And we committed ourselves to further step-up our mutually beneficial ties, especially in the economic field."

The President also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi's bust. "Our founding fathers, Archbishop Makarios and Mahatma Gandhi have blessed our partnership with timeless values, wisdom and foresight. We have the greatest respect for Archbishop Makarios in India," Kovind said. Kumar said in another tweet:  

President Kovind on Sunday praised the Indian community in Cyprus for strengthening people-to-people relations between the two nations.

Apart from Cyprus, Kovind will also visit Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. This is his first overseas state visit in the second year of his presidency.

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Updated Date: Sep 03, 2018 16:46:42 IST

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