President Michel Aoun met at Baabda palace Wednesday with Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides, with whom he discussed the means to activate bilateral cooperation and tourism ties.
During the meeting, Christodoulides delivered to his host an invitation from the Cypriot President to visit Cyprus and hold a tripartite presidential summit that involves Lebanon, Greece and Cyprus.
He also maintained that Cyprus was looking forward to enhancing cooperation and coordination with Lebanon in various fields, as well as to activating ties between the Lebanese and Cypriot businessmen.
"During the European Union meetings, Cyprus always calls for helping Lebanon to enable it to withstand the current challenges, especially in terms of the Syrian refugee crisis.
For his part, President Aoun maintained that Lebanon, Cyprus and Greece shared interest at different levels, particularly in terms of backing Lebanon's endeavors to repatriate the displaced Syrians to the safe areas in Syria.
He also highlighted the necessity of the EU role in speeding up the sought political solution to the crisis next door.
Moreover, he put emphasis on the importance of coordination between Lebanon and Cyprus at the security level, especially to control the maritime routes which terrorists might use to flee Syria after their defeat.
It is to note that Christodoulides came accompanied by Cypriot Ambassador to Lebanon Christina Rafti, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at the Cypriot Foreign Ministry Andreas Kakouris, and a number of diplomats.
Aoun had separately met with Deputy House Speaker Elie Ferzli and MP Farid Bustani.
Source: National News Agency