On Wednesday the Conservative Friends of Cyprus held a joint Parliamentary lunch with the Conservative Friends of Israel with of the President of Cyprus’ House of Representatives, HE Mr Demetris Syllouris.
Mr Syllouris had the opportunity to discuss the Cyprus Issue and Brexit, but also to explore practical ways of enhancing the already strong relationship that Cyprus has with Israel and the UK.
The Conservative MPs that attended the lunch included Sir Roger Gale, the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers, the Rt Hon Stephen Crabb Matthew Offord, Sheryll Murray, Bob Blackman, as well as CFI founder Lord Polak. Also present were the Cypriot High Commissioner HE Euripides Evriviades, the Deputy Israeli Ambassador Sharon Bar-Li, Executive Director of CFI James Gurd and the Chairman of CFCyprus Jason Charalambous.
Sir Roger Gale MP, Chairman of the APPG for Cyprus, said he was delighted that things on the Cyprus issue “seem to be moving in the right direction”. He noted that “there are still many obstacles to overcome until a settlement is reached”, but pledged that the British parliamentarians that are friends of Cyprus will continue working with the House of Representatives and all Cypriots.
CFCyprus Chairman Jason Charalambous said that the joint working lunch was a celebration of the close relations between Cyprus, Israel and the UK. He noted that the volunteer-run organisation does everything it can to enhance this tripartite bond, not only on political level but also in the areas of security, culture, technology, tourism and beyond.