NNA – Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil on Tuesday welcomed at Villa Boustros visiting Cypriot Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, on top of a Cypriot delegation.
Speaking at a joint press conference in the wake of the meeting, Minister Bassil hailed Cypriot contribution within UNIFIL forces operating in south Lebanon as a “symbol of solidarity and support”, and he stressed Lebanon’s strong commitment to the implementation of UN Resolution #1701 in all its clauses.
Bassil also thanked Cyprus for its support to the Lebanese Army by providing the necessary ammunition in the combat against terrorism.
The Minister also highlighted Lebanon’s simmering economic situation due to the large influx of displaced Syrians into Lebanon.
Bassil also disclosed that talks touched on the future projects in the oil and gas sector, exprssing Lebanon’s readiness to increase the level of cooperation for the sake of launching dialogue in the energy sector between both countries, in accordance with the principles of the international law and the Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Minister Kasoulides, in turn, stressed that Cyprus cannot stand idle watching Lebanon under the threat of terrorism without taking action, saying Cyprus fully understands the immense impact endured by Lebanon as a result of the huge influx of Syrian refugees into its territories.
He pledged that he shall work at the technical side to secure trade exchange between Lebanon and the European Union through eliminating bureaucratic measures that hinder such exchange.
The Minister also hoped that a new poll law will be reached and the forthcoming legislative elections will be taking place.