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Samir Moqbel, the Deputy Prime MinisterSamir Moqbel, the Deputy Prime Minister and National Defence Minister of Lebanon, arrived on Sunday afternoon in Cyprus for a two-day official visit, at the invitation of the Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides.

During his visit, delegations of the two countries will discuss bilateral relations as well as security issues, while a Programme of Bilateral Defence Cooperation will be signed.

According to an official press release, Moqbel will be received on Monday by the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades   at an official welcoming ceremony . Later on he will visit the General Staff of the National Guard headquarters, where delegations of the two countries will hold deliberations. Minister Fokaides will welcome him at the headquarters.

Deliberations will focus on bilateral relations, as well as security issues in the wider region, in relation to terrorism, new asymmetric threats and the humanitarian crisis caused by extreme violence and armed conflict. A Programme of Bilateral Defence Cooperation will also be signed, the press release added.

During his visit, Maqbel will be received by House President Yiannakis Omirou and he will be briefed on the mission of the Joint Search and Rescue Centre, in Larnaca.

He will also lay a wreath at the Imprisoned Graves, a site where Greek Cypriots killed during the 1955-59 anti-colonial struggle, are buried.

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