Cyprus blocks flights from Lebanon

Earlier in June, Cyprus announced it would allow entry from Lebanon as it eases COVID-19 lockdown measures. (File/AFP)
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Updated 05 July 2020

Cyprus blocks flights from Lebanon

  • Cypriot nationals and residents would be allowed re-entry into the country

DUBAI: Cyprus will no longer accept flights coming from Lebanon from July 6, national newspaper the Daily Star reported, citing a statement from the Cypriot Embassy.

The statement said the decision was based on a classification system that determines countries’ epidemiological criteria amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But Cypriot nationals and residents would be allowed re-entry into the country, the embassy clarified.

The embassy added it would “have to suspend visa services again until further notice.”

Earlier in June, Cyprus announced it would allow entry from Lebanon as it eases COVID-19 lockdown measures.


Pope calls for dialogue between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over Nile dam

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Pope calls for dialogue between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over Nile dam

  • The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has become a major source of discord between the three countries

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis called for dialogue between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on Saturday, urging them not to let a dispute over a dam on the Nile lead to conflict.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is being built some 15 km (9 miles) from Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, has become a major source of discord between the three countries.
“I invite all parties involved to continue on the path of dialogue so that the eternal river will continue to be a source of life, which unites and does not divide, which nurtures friendship, prosperity and fraternity and not enmity, misunderstanding and conflict,” the pontiff said.
He was giving his Angelus message for Assumption Day, the most important Catholic feast dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Egypt, which fears the dam project could lead to water shortages upstream, has threatened to withdraw from the latest round of discussions. Sudan is concerned about the dam’s safety.