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Sushma calls on Cyprus President

New Delhi: Just days ahead of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to India, New Delhi has pledged continuing support to the unity and integrity of Cyprus, whose President Nicos Anastasiades is currently on a five-day visit to India. India also said it was “aware” of Turkey’s close ties with Pakistan but said Indo-Turkish ties stand on their own strength.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday called on Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades for an offical meeting.

“Intensifying cooperation with Cyprus. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj calls on President Nicos Anastasiades, discusses areas of bilateral cooperation,” ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

Earlier, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Anastasiades who was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

The visiting guest was given a ceremonial guard of honour at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Anastasiades also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and described him as “spiritual leader of Cyprus and inspiration for its freedom struggle”, Baglay said in a tweet.

The Cyprus President will hold delegation-level talks with Modi. The two sides are also expected to sign some bilateral agreements.

Anastasiades, who arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday, will depart from New Delhi on Saturday.

This is his first visit to India since he became the President in 2013.

Cyprus, the eighth largest foreign investor in India, has cumulative Foreign Direct Investment of above $8.5 billion in areas of financial leasing, stock exchange, auto manufacture, manufacturing industries, real estate, cargo handling, construction, shipping and logistics.