President Michael D Higgins will arrive in Cyprus today as he embarks on a three-day state visit to the eastern Mediterranean island.

The State visit will include travel to the UN-controlled buffer zone which divides the island, with the area north of the lone controlled by Turkey.

Meetings will be held with the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus and the Committee on Missing Persons. 

President Higgins will also meet members of An Garda Síochána currently stationed in Cyprus.

The President will also deliver an address to the House of Representatives.

The State visit is at the invitation of President Nicos Anastasiades, who paid a visit to Ireland in 2016. 

President Anastasiades has said he intends "to raise the issue of Turkey's provocations and illegal interventions in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)" and will brief President Higgins about developments in the "Cyprus problem," as well as issues related to the bilateral relations between the two countries and developments in the EU.

The President and his wife Sabina will be accompanied on the visit by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan.

This marks the first state visit to Cyprus by a president of Ireland since Mary McAleese visited in 2006. 

Following the state visit to Cyprus, President Higgins will travel to Lebanon.

There he will meet with President Michel Aoun, Lebanese politicians, and UN agencies, as well as a visit to Irish troops and Irish NGOs working in the country.