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Greek FM in Cyprus on her way to the Middle East
2006-08-22 16:34:07

Larnaca, Aug 22 -- Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis stopped in Cyprus for a short visit before embarking on a Middle East tour, in the light of the assumption on behalf of Greece of the presidency of the UN Security Council on September 1.

Mrs. Bakoyiannis had a long meeting with Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos before a dinner at the President's residence.

Mrs. Bakoyiannis said that her meeting with President Papadopoulos covered the situation in the Middle East as well as issues that concern Cyprus and Greece, in view of the EU progress report for Turkey to be issued in October.

Mrs. Bakoyiannis also praised Cyprus? role during the Middle East crisis, noting that it showed Cyprus? strategic role and the hospitality of the Cypriot people.

''Cyprus' role during the crisis in Lebanon was extremely important and highlighted its strategic role,'' she said.

As regards the humanitarian aid offered to the Lebanese refugees, Bakoyiannis said that both Greece and Cyprus were present to this effort, and ''that there was a strong feeling and will to show our solidarity.''

Mrs. Bakoyiannis' tour covers Beirut, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Amman for talks with the respective political leaderships.

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