Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil attended the Mass of Saint Maroun at “Notre Dame des Dons” Church in Nicosia, Cyprus, in the presence of Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades.

Also attending were Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs and Energy, Juanides Casolides, Maronites Representative in the Cypriot Parliament, John Moussa, and a number of deputies, diplomats and members of the Lebanese Diaspora.

Cypriot Maronite Bishop Youssef Soueif, who presided over the Mass service, said that Minister Bassil’s visit “serves to strengthen bilateral cooperation and friendship ties between both countries and people.”

He also called on Cypriot President to work for the return of Cypriot Maronites to the four Northern Lebanese villages from which they were displaced.

Soueif praised the role and contributions of Lebanese expatriates in Cyprus across the years, stressing keen concern for maintaining the best spiritual and social relations with Lebanon where the Maronite Church was founded.

For his part, Cypriot President welcomed Bassil’s visit and called for “boosting relations between his country and Lebanon.”

He also referred to underway contacts to hold a meeting with the Lebanese President and Greek Prime Minister to discuss regional issues.

After the Mass, Bassil met with members of the Lebanese expatriate community residing in Nicosia, followed by a meeting with Cypriot Maronites from the four villages in Northern Lebanon.

Source: National News Agency