President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has invited British Prime Minister Teresa May to visit Cyprus.

British PM Theresa May (L) - Cyprus President Nicos Ansatasiades (R)

British PM Theresa May (L) – Cyprus President Nicos Ansatasiades (R)

According to a Downing Street spokesperson, President Anastasiades, during his meeting with May in London on Tuesday, “updated the Prime Minister on efforts to achieve a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus. The Prime Minister underlined the UK’s steadfast support for the process and said the UK stood ready to help bring this to a successful conclusion”.

The spokesperson also said they discussed Brexit and May “made clear that the British people had voted to leave the EU and the Government would deliver that – there would be no going back. The PM emphasised that while the UK is leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe and we would want to maintain strong relations with European countries and the EU once the UK has left”.

“Finally, the Prime Minister thanked the President for his kind invitation to visit Cyprus and said that she hoped to have the opportunity to do so in the future”, he added.

President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are engaged in intensive peace talks to find a negotiated settlement that would reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

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