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Breaking from Cyprus Unity Talks, Anastasiades Treks to India

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FILE -Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, looks on during his meeting with Maharashtra state Governor Vidyasagar Rao at the Governor's residence in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Stepping away from unity talks that just resumed after a two-month lapse, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades went to India on April 25 for a five-day visit and talks with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During his stay in the country, Anastasiades is expected to sign several bilateral agreements, NDTV Reported.

"This is the first visit of President Anastasiades to India. Earlier, he had substantive meetings with Prime Minister Modi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2015," a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Anastasiades was due to address a business forum in Mumbai on April 26 and a day earlier another at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in Delhi.

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Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, left poses by the Arabian sea with Maharashtra state Governor Vidyasagar Rao during his visit to the Governor's residence in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

He will be given a ceremonial guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He is also expected to visit Mahatma Gandhi's Samadhi at the Raj Ghat on April 28.

Almost all Cypriot presidents have come to India on state visits. In October 2009, the then President Pratibha Patil also visited the Mediterranean country.

Cyprus is a major investor in India with cumulative foreign direct investment of above $8.5 billion, it’s the eighth largest foreign investor in India, particularly  in areas such as financial leasing, stock exchange, auto manufacture, manufacturing industries, real estate, cargo handling, construction, shipping and logistics.

"There is also scope for cooperation in sectors like pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, tourism and film production," the statement added.