Greek, Cypriot foreign ministers on joint visit to Lebanon after Bulgaria’s Mitov cancels

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides are scheduled to depart for a two-day visit to Lebanon on Tuesday night, in a trip arranged last September at the Rhodes Conference on Security and Stability.

They will not be accompanied by Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov, who was originally scheduled to join them but cancelled at the last minute due to political developments in Bulgaria.

Kotzias and Kasoulides will be received by Lebanon’s newly-elected President Michel Aoun and meet their Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil, as well as Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

Talks during the visit are expected to include cooperation in a number of areas, including the refugee crisis, security, the economy, energy and the education and culture sectors.

The two minister will also participate in a conference at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik on “The role of Identity and History in Shaping Foreign Policy.”