New York.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
President Nicos Anastasiades was expected to be discharged from New York’s Mount Sinai hospital on Sunday, around 11 am. According to information provided by the Permanent Mission of Cyprus in UN, President Anastasiades and his surgeon Dr David Adams were expected to speak to the press.
Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said Anastasiades was in good health and once discharged from hospital would be recuperating at his hotel for seven to ten days before flying home.
The President underwent heart surgery over a week ago. This coming Tuesday he is expected to meet at his hotel with US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and on Wednesday UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades met Wednesday afternoon with Vice President of the US Joe Biden, at the Mount Sinai Hospital. The meeting lasted about twenty minutes and the President will brief the political leaders when he gets back to Cyprus, as he said, in his first public appearance after the operation. At the meeting with Biden no journalists were allowed other than for the photo-op.
Anastasiades said that other high officials would visit him next week, when he is expected to be discharged from the hospital.
“I have been informed that possibly the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and the Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland will visit me next week and I hope that during these contacts I will be given the opportunity to exchange views on the big issues concerning our country and its exclusive economic zone” the President noted.
In the presence of his surgeon, Dr David Adams, Anastasiades expressed “deep gratitude” to the medical team that is looking after him and said he felt “very pleased” with the results of the surgery, which repaired the mitral and the tricuspid heart valve and took place on December 2.
The President of the Republic revealed that he would seek a closer collaboration between Cyprus and the renowned heart surgeon Dr David Adams, so that as many people as possible would be able to receive the same kind of treatment as him.
President Anastasiades took the opportunity to thank the Greek correspondents in New York for covering his operation with “a lot of integrity and great ethos”. He wished them well for the forthcoming Christmas holidays and he also conveyed his gratitude for everyone’s prayers, including church and Cyprus political leaders as well as overseas associations, and hoped that he would be back in Cyprus before Christmas “so that all of us will work towards better days for 2015 and beyond”.