Nabeel Shaath, the Palestinian President`s envoy on Tuesday expressed support for an independent Cyprus, noting that ongoing efforts by Palestinians and Cypriots had the same objective, and face similar problems.
Shaath met Tuesday morning in Nicosia with Archbishop Chrysostomos. They exchanged views on Cyprus and Palestine. According to the Primate of the Church “the relations between the two countries are very close”.
Speaking after the meeting, at the Archbishopric, Chrysostomos said that the Palestinians stood by Cyprus and retained close ties with the Church and the Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem.
He also expressed support to the right of the Palestinians to live in the land of their fathers and said that Cyprus and Palestine must find peace soon.
The Palestinian official expressed his appreciation for the support of the people, the Church and the government of Cyprus to the Palestinian people and to their right to self-determination.
“We also share the commitment to see Cyprus independent, with territorial integrity, unity, peace and prosperity,” he said.
He further referred to the forthcoming visit of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, adding that the exact date had not been fixed, but the visit would take place soon.
“Our historical relationship will be always translated into future cooperation” Shaath said.
Earlier, the Palestinian official, who is also the Commissioner General at Fateh foreign relations commission, also met Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and DISY leader Averof Neophytou at the party headquarters. No statements were made after the meeting. (CNA)