The President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades signed on Monday morning the book of condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, which was opened at the residence of the UK High Commissioner in Cyprus.

In statements after the signing, President Anastasiades said that he expressed the deepest sorrow of the Cypriot people, the Republic of Cyprus and himself personally on the death of Queen Elizabeth.

“I had the opportunity in a brief conversation with the High Commissioner to reiterate our desire to continue and deepen relations between the two countries in order to study ways of engaging or creating conditions for the resumption of talks for the solution of the Cyprus problem”, he added.

For his part, British High Commissioner Irfan Siddiq Obe said that “the death of Queen Elizabeth is a huge loss for the people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and many others around the world” and thanked President Anastasiades for his initiative to sign the book of condolences.

“I hope the next meeting will be on a more pleasant occasion,” he concluded.

In the book of condolences, the President of the Republic wrote that “it is with great sadness that I convey our deepest condolences on behalf of the people and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as on my own behalf and the First Lady, on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

“During Her Majesty’s 70 years of reign, we witnessed the further enhancement of the historical ties between Cyprus and the United Kingdom, both bilaterally as well as within our Commonwealth Family of Nations,” he added.

He further wrote that Queen Elizabeth II will always be remembered for her dedication and commitment to public service, as well as her love and devotion to her Family.

“At these difficult moments of mourning and grief, I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to His Majesty King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Members of the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” he concluded.