Cyprus president to sit out EU summit due to high blood pressure

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was admitted to a hospital in Brussels on Thursday morning following repeated nosebleeds caused by high blood pressure.

He was discharged a few hours later but was advised to rest for the next two days, government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said in a statement.

The Cypriot leader was scheduled to attend a European Council meeting on Thursday where he was expected to raise the issue of Turkey’s violation of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with the arrival of the Barbaros research vessel into an area south of the island where Nicosia was already conducting research for hydrocarbons.

He was also scheduled to take part in a meeting of conservative leaders and hold a separate meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

According to Christodoulides, written statements by Anastasiades were to be distributed to leaders participating at the meetings on Thursday.

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