AOUN WELCOMES CYPRIOT COUNTERPART, PUSHES FOR MORE COOPERATION
President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, welcomed at Baabda Palace on Monday, visiting Cypriot President, Nicos Anastasiades.
“We made an agreement with the Cypriot President to unify efforts in the face of terrorism,” Aoun said in the wake of the meeting.
“Lebanon will never forget the way Cyprus opened its doors before many Lebanese families during the multiple wars that Lebanon endured,” he added.
“We highly encourage the governments of both of our countries to boost cooperation within the fields of gas and oil,” Aoun said, highlighting the substantial need to bolster fruitful dialogue and cooperation between Lebanon and Cyprus within the field of energy.
The President went on to call for facilitating the set conditions to export Lebanese agricultural and industrial products to Cypriot markets.
Aoun finally reiterated Lebanon’s support for the unity of Cypriot lands. He also underlined the need to reach a compromise that guarantees stability all across Cyprus, and among all its people.
In turn, the Cypriot President hailed the historical ties between his country and Lebanon. “We are endeavoring to boost the existing ties between the Cypriot and Lebanese peoples,” Anastasiades said.
“Our relationship exceeds the close geographical distance. It is deeply rooted in rigid bonds that go back to the days of Phoenicians,” he added.
As for his talks with Aoun, the Cypriot President said that he had stressed the importance of cementing relations at all levels in an attempt to attain a mutual vision en route to peace and stability.
“I assure you that Cyprus will pursue efforts to help Lebanon face looming challenges,” he added. He also lauded Lebanon’s hosting of more than two million Syrian refugees, and pledged more support through EU channels.
Source: National News Agencyhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/aoun-welcomes-cypriot-counterpart-pushes-for-more-cooperation/General