Cypriot foreign minister, Nicos Christodoulides, following his two-day visit in Jordan had a working visit to Lebanon today, as part of his tour of the region.
In Beirut, the foreign minister had talks with his Lebanese counterpart, Gebran Bassil. The two ministers reviewed the whole range of bilateral relations between Cyprus and Lebanon. In particular, they discussed the cooperation between the two countries in the political, military and economic fields. The focus was also on EU – Lebanon cooperation, the Cyprus issue and the current regional developments, as well as the plans for convening a Trilateral Meeting between Cyprus, Greece and Lebanon. The minister of foreign affairs of Lebanon gave a working lunch in honour of his Cypriot counterpart.
Christodoulides was received in the afternoon by the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri. The two men discussed bilateral relations between Cyprus and Lebanon, EU-Lebanon relations, developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as the participation of Cyprus in the forthcoming Paris and Brussels conferences, to strengthen Lebanon and its infrastructures, as well as to address the refugee issue.
Moreover, in the morning, Christodoulides attended a working breakfast to the accredited Ambassadors in the Republic of Cyprus, based in Beirut (Algeria, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Uruguay and Pakistan), with whom he discussed regional and bilateral issues and issues of special interest to these countries.
During the meeting the FM briefed his interlocutors on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue.
In the context of his visit to Lebanon, Christodoulides also had a meeting with Beirut Metropolitan Elias Audi, while he was guided at the “Beirut, City of Coexistence” exhibition, of the well-known Cypriot-Lebanese artists Lena and Hilda Kelekian.
The Foreign Minister returns to Cyprus this evening./IBNA