Cyprus president says to seek EU aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Cyprus president says to seek EU aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon
# 10 January 2013 22:55 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Visiting Cyprus President Demetris Christofias said here Thursday that Cyprus will seek within the European Union more aid for the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, APA reports.

"Cyprus will seek within the European Union to provide more aid to Lebanon to face this humanitarian dilemma," Christofias said during a meeting with his Lebanese president Michel Suleiman at Baabda palace.

Christofias, who arrived Wednesday for talks with senior Lebanese officials, hailed the "great efforts exerted by the Lebanese government to aid the Syrian refugees."

Suleiman thanked Christofias for his country's support for Lebanon, and said that "we hope security and stability would be reached in Syria with the rights of its people being respected away from the threat of division and extremism."

"We hope that stability in Syria would pave the way for the refugees in Lebanon to return to their country, whose presence in Lebanon is becoming a major problem," he added.

Talks between the two officials also focused on bolstering bilateral ties and cooperation in various fields. A number of agreements on industry and military cooperation were also signed during the meeting.

Christofias later met with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Miqati on regional developments, bolstering bilateral ties and the exploration of offshore oil and gas.

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