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Mikati, Cypriot Foreign Minister discusses illegal migration of Syrian refugees to Europe via Cyprus
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024

NNA - Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Tuesday welcomed Cypriot Foreign Minister, Constantinos Kombos, at the Serail, in presence of Cyprus Ambassador to Lebanon, Maria Hadjitheodosiou.

During the meeting, the Cypriot minister emphasized "the existing and future cooperation between Lebanon and Cyprus in all fields." He expressed his desire for "intensifying joint efforts to resolve the crisis of illegal migration of Syrian refugees to Europe through Cyprus, starting from the Lebanese shores."

Kombos also briefed on Cyprus' efforts to provide aid to Gaza through the maritime humanitarian crossing and expressed his wish "for security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean region in the near future."

Prime Minister Mikati, for his part, affirmed that "there are several sectors in which Lebanon and Cyprus can cooperate economically, commercially, and in tourism and energy fields."

“We look forward to stronger cooperation between the two countries in development areas, and Lebanon is interested in Cyprus being supportive within the European Union to request support and relief for Syrian refugees in their country."

In another meeting, the Prime Minister received UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, with whom he discussed the regular briefing to the Security Council on Resolution 1701.

Prime Minister Mikati also met with Minister of Justice, Henry Khoury, with whom he discussed matters related to his ministry.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister received Nisreen Mashmoushi, President of the Civil Service Council, with whom he discussed discussed administrative affairs with her.

Mikati also met at the Grand Serail with a delegation of the "National Balance Gathering” who extended to the Premier well-wishes on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement distributed by the delegation in the wake of the visit, it indicated that Premier Mikati stressed the necessity of electing the President of the Republic as soon as possible, and hailed the efforts exerted by the Quintet Committee, and the initiative of the parliamentary National Moderation Bloc.

Mikati also had audience today with former ministers Samir Jisr and Rashid Derbas.

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