Syllouris examines bilateral ties, regional and international issues with Lebanese Defence Minister

Bilateral relations, international and other regional issues were on the agenda of a meeting House Speaker Dimitris Syllouris had on Thursday with the Defence Minister of Lebanon Yaacoub Riad Sarraf, who is visiting Cyprus at the invitation of his Cypriot counterpart.

Both men, according to a press release issued by the Cyprus Parliament, referred to the longstanding and excellent relations between the two countries, as well as their struggles for their freedom and independence.

They also noted the opportunities for further development of bilateral relations, at the economic, trade, cultural and educational levels, including the parliamentary field.

Syllouris underlined the central role Cyprus could play as an EU member state closer to the countries of the broader eastern Mediterranean with the aim to strengthen cooperation between the Union and these countries, including Lebanon.

The two men also exchanged views on vital international issues, such as immigration and refugee issues, as well as terrorism.

Source: Cyprus News Agency