Relations between India and Cyprus have been traditionally very close and friendly. Archbishop Makarios had the highest respect for Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and was deeply appreciative of the support rendered by India to the struggle of Cyprus against British colonial rule. India has consistently supported a peaceful resolution of the Cyprus problem in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. India supports the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Cyprus and respects the democratic choice exercised by the people of Cyprus in the April 2004 referendum. India welcomes the renewed talks between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities under the ‘good offices mission’ of the U.N. Secretary General, to resolve the Cyprus problem. Cyprus too has supported India on many issues and remains one of India\’s dependable friends. The warmth of these relations has been kept alive by high level visits from both sides. A joint issue of postage stamps was released on 10th April, 2006 under the agreement between India and Cyprus in the field of Posts and Electronic Communications signed in October 2002.
The total number of Indians living in Cyprus is estimated at 4000 compared to mere a few hundreds a decade or so ago. Of these, over 150 are software professionals. There are also around 1200 students. Among the rest are a few executives, mainly in the shipping sector, businessmen and a sizeable number of farm and house workers, etc.