Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, welcomed, at Ain-el-Tineh on Tuesday, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, with whom he discussed the means to bolster bilateral ties, in addition to Lebanon’s oil resources dossier and Israel’s attempted violations of the national economic zone.

“Talks focused on the oil issue and the Exclusive Economic Zone, in addition to what Israel is trying to snatch,” Berri told reporters.

“We agreed to have this position unified and to seek to work together, whereas our relations shall remain on top of all interests,” he said.

“I was delighted to discuss all affairs related to the bilateral ties or those of common interest, especially regarding energy, economy, the Cypriot cause, the Middle East issue, and the situation in Syria and the humanitarian tragedy there,” the Cypriot President said in turn.

“We renewed emphasis on our excellent ties and our determination to bolster them. We are looking forward to adopting new ways to develop cooperation between Lebanon and Cyprus; but we must also provide answers to the problems we are facing for the sake of the prosperity of both the Lebanese and Cypriot people,” he added.

On a different note, asked about the election law, Berri answered, “You have to pray. Prayers are our sole hope.”

Separately, Berri met with Lebanese-French candidate to the French legislative polls, Joseph Moukarzel.

He later met with Managing Director for Middle East and North Africa at the European External Action Service Nick Westcott, and EU Ambassador to Lebanon Christina Lassen.

Talks touched on latest developments in Lebanon and the broader Arab region.

Source: National News Agency