Cyprus President Speaks with Greek PM on FYROM Name Issue Agreement

FILE - Cyprus' president Nikos Anastasiades, right, talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as he arrives at the presidential palace following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA (ANA/A. Viketos) – The government’s agreement with FYROM over the name issue will open the way to mutually beneficial transactions and keep third parties from undermining Greek interests, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday.

According to Cyprus government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou Prodromou, when Tsipras informed Anastasiades of the deal by telephone Anastasiades said that the agreement will allow Greece to become an influential leader in the Balkan peninsula. Anastasiades added that despite the reservations expressed by parts of the political world and the Greek people, Greece’s best interests should prevail.