The Foreign Minister of Oman, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, has spoken in support of a solution that will safeguard Cyprus as a state, saying that the continuation of the current division will result in the island’s partition.
The FM of Oman was speaking during a meeting with President of the Cyprus House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris, who is heading a delegation comprising MPs Nicos Tornaritis, Irene Charalambidou, Christiana Erotokritou, Costis Efstathiou, and Michalis Yiorgallas during an official visit to the Sultanate of Oman.
Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah also said that further to the official meetings, more efforts should take place at various levels.
On his part, Syllouris expressed the hope that soon there will be a solution to the Cyprus problem, noting that in such case, Cyprus’ role will be upgraded. He further said that Cyprus, in cooperation with Oman, can contribute to stability in the Middle East region.
Syllouris outlined his proposal to create a group comprising small states from the Middle East that will deal with secondary policy issues and asked for Oman’s support.
Alawi bin Abdullah briefed the parliamentary delegation on all developments in the region, making special references to the situation in Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Israel. The Foreign Minister expressed the view that all issues can only be resolved through dialogue. He noted that Western countries and the EU should play a decisive role in order to find a political solution, on the issue of Lebanon and Syria.
Referring to Syria and a possible future solution, the Foreign Minister said that Cyprus and Oman could cooperate and help reconstruct the country. As he said, his country will encourage the private sector to work with Cypriot companies to help in the reconstruction of Syria in the future.
Syllouris stressed during the meeting that the West and especially the EU have an obligation to support and contribute to a political solution in Syria and Lebanon, noting that Cyprus will contribute in this direction through its EU Commissioner and other Commissioners.
In his statements after today`s meetings in Muscat, Syllouris said that the meeting with the Foreign Minister was of great importance, underlining three main points.
First, the expression of support to its proposal for the cooperation of the Middle East Small states, second, the proposal for cooperation between Cyprus and Oman on the reconstruction of Syria following a future settlement of the Syrian problem and third, the analysis of the FM on the situation in the Middle East region, which also affects Cyprus. “In this context, he (the Foreign Minister) stressed that the solution in Cyprus must be a solution of one state”, Syllouris said, noting that this is an important message.
With regard to his first meeting today with the Omani Minister of Tourism, Syllouris said that they discussed issues of cooperation between the two countries in the tourist sector. As he said, Oman is planning a new strategy on tourism and Cyprus could be a good partner and benefited by a potential cooperation.