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Lebanon, Cyprus to Work on Curbing Migrant Arrivals by Boat

Lebanon, Cyprus to Work on Curbing Migrant Arrivals by Boat

Tuesday, 15 October, 2019 - 09:45
Refugees who were rescued off the coast of Cyprus line the side of a ship at the port in Limassol on September 25, 2014. (AFP)
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Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab said his country and Cyprus have agreed to work together on curbing boat loads of migrants from reaching the east Mediterranean island nation.

He said after talks with his Cypriot counterpart on Tuesday that Lebanon would pass on information to Cypriot authorities to better coordinate in heading off such arrivals.

Bou Saab stressed Lebanon understands Cypriot concerns over such arrivals and that the Lebanese navy had stopped migrants trying to reach Cyprus "many times."

He added that the both countries are looking to better coordinate their naval forces.

Cyprus officials have said that the EU-member country leads the 28 member-bloc in the number of asylum applications relative to its population.

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