（中外新闻社 中外新闻网记者 孟庆玺）2023年11月30日下午，应塞浦路斯驻华大使玛莎•玛夫罗玛蒂（H.E.Ms.Martha Mavrommatis）邀请，中外新闻社韦燕总裁同多国大使在北京希尔顿酒店国际宴会厅出席塞浦路斯共和国63周年国庆招待会，中国外交部邓励副部长出席并与塞浦路斯驻华大使玛莎•玛夫罗玛蒂共切生日蛋糕，举杯庆贺。
On the afternoon of November 30, 2023, at the invitation of Ambassador of Cyprus to China H.E. Ms. Martha Mavrommatis, President of Home and Abroad News Press Mrs. Wei Yan together with many ambassadors attended the 63rd National Day Reception of the Republic of Cyprus in the Hilton Beijing. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China Mr. Deng Li cut the birthday cake with Ambassador Martha Mavrommatis. All guests raised glasses to celebrate this wonderful moment.
Ambassadors and dignitaries from international organizations included: Ambassador of the United States of America to China H.E. Mr. Nicholas Burns, Ambassador of Moldova to China H.E. Mr. Dumitru Braghis, Ambassador of Greece to China H.E Mr. Evgenios Kalpyris, Ambassador of Albania to China H.E. Mr. Selim Belortaj, Ambassador of Georgia to China H. E. Archil Kalandia, Ambassador of Ukraine to China H.E. Mr. Pavlo Riabikin, Ambassador of Mongolia to China H.E. Mr. Tuvshin Badral, Ambassador of Brunei to China H.E.Mr. Pehin Dato Rahmani, Ambassador of Mauritius to China H.E. Mr. Alain Wong Yen Cheong, Ambassador of the Jordan to China H.E. Mr. Hussam A.G. Al Husseini, Ambassador of Bangladesh to China H.E. Md. Jashim Uddin, Ambassador of Namibia to China H.E. Dr. Elia G. Kaiyamo, Ambassador of Uruguay to China H.E. Mr. Fernando Lugris, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia to China H.E. Mrs. Khek M.Caimealy, Ambassador of Croatia to China H.E. Mr. Dario Mihelin, Ambassador of India to China H.E. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Rawat, Ambassador of Kuwait to China H.E. Jassim Ibrahim Al-Najim, Ambassador of Senegal to China H.E. Mr. Ibrahima Sory Sylla, Ambassador of Burundi to China H.E. Dr. Martin Mbazumutima, Ambassador of Gambia to China H.E. Dr. Masanneh Nyuku Kinteh, as well as the Coordinator of the United Nations System in China H.E. Mr. Chatterjee, Representative of the United Nations Development Programme to China Ms. Beate Trankmann, Representative of the United Nations Population Fund to China Ms. Justine Coulson and many other guests attended the event.
At 13:00, the National Anthem of the Republic of Cyprus, the EU Union Anthem and the National Anthem of the People's Republic of China were played, followed by a speech by Ambassador Martha Mavrommatis. She said that today is the 63rd anniversary of the declaration of independence and of the Republic of Cyprus, which for us has a great significance. Looking back, we are proud of the indomitable spirit of the small island nation of Cyprus over the years, and we are deeply honored by the achievements and developments, the great strides made in democracy, and by being part of the European Union family.
Ambassador Martha mentioned that the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the People's Republic of China on December 14th, 1971. Despite the long geographical distance, Cyprus and China share a deep friendship based on much trust, respect and understanding. On this solid foundation, the two countries have been expanding their contacts in recent years. The two countries have exchanged frequent high-level visits, pragmatic cooperation is developing comprehensively, and economic and trade relations are advancing. While recognizing the positive developments in bilateral cooperation in the political, social and economic fields, we also agree to work together to strengthen cooperation in the United Nations and other international organizations on the basis of multilateralism and international law. At the same time, Cyprus will continue to support the "One-China" principle.
Both Cyprus and China have long history and ancient civilizations, and are determined to further strengthen practical cooperation in the fields of education, research, innovation, tourism, health, sports and youth exchanges.
During the state visit of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to China in 2019, the two countries signed the 《Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus on Jointly Promoting the Construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road》, in which Cyprus officially joins the Belt and Road Initiative and looks forward to further strengthening bilateral cooperation with China in many sectors, such as tourism and exchange of scientific researchers.
招待会上，韦燕总裁同各国大使分享塞浦路斯63年取得的经济发展成果和外交成就，同时，经过中外新闻社大使俱乐部主席团主席提议，现场聘请塞浦路斯驻华大使玛莎•玛夫罗玛蒂担任中外新闻社大使俱乐部荣誉主席，韦燕总裁在此次活动上亲自给玛莎大使颁发任职证书。玛莎大使表示，感谢中外新闻社大使俱乐部对她的信任，期待把跨越时空、超越国度、富有永恒魅力的中外文化跃动起来, 让世界文明交互联通, 呈现出更加丰富多彩、绰约多姿的永恒魅力, 彰显世界和平与团结的安全理念。
At the reception, President Wei Yan shared the joy of the economic development and diplomatic achievements of Cyprus in the past 63 years with the ambassadors and guests. At the same time, recommended by the members of Home and Abroad News Press Ambassadors Club, Ambassador of Cyprus to China H.E. Ms. Martha Mavrommatis was specially appointed as the Honorary President of the Ambassador Club. President Wei Yan personally presented the certificate to her. She expressed her gratitude for the trust placed on her by the Home and Abroad News Press Ambassadors Club and looked forward to further connect the world's civilizations interacting with each other for prosperity and diversity as well as to maintain security, peace and unity in the global community.