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Cyprus is sending migrants back to Lebanon 45 hours after arriving

The Cypriot authorities have sent 45 migrants back to Lebanon from that country and arrived on a boat hours earlier after 115 more Lebanese returned to their country in the past two days.

According to the Cyprus Mail newspaper, migrants who arrived on the Cypriot coast early Tuesday have returned to Lebanon following an agreement between the two governments. For this purpose, the authorities rented a boat that was accompanied by the Cypriot coast guard.

Today was the sixth ship with Lebanese migrants that arrived in Cyprus in a few days. Famagusta police spokesman Andreas Constantinou confirmed to the newspaper that 115 Lebanese who arrived irregularly in the country have returned in the past two days.

Cyprus is sending migrants back to Lebanon 45 hours after arriving
Cyprus is sending migrants back to Lebanon 45 hours after arriving

In light of these arrivals, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said on Monday that although the island is “aware” of the situation in Lebanon, where the economic crisis and pandemic were compounded by the aftermath of the devastating explosion in Beirut in August, and “it is with the people, the goal now is to limit the exits from the ports of Lebanon with illegal immigrants to Cyprus. “

The minister also said that Cyprus would inform the EU of the increase in the arrival of migrants in the country and that a Cypriot delegation would travel to Lebanon in the next few days to discuss this issue with the authorities.

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