President: We are expecting a green light from the US for Amalthia

We are ready to go as soon as we get the green light from the US side

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We are ready to start as soon as we get the green light from the US side, said the President of the Republic Nikos Christodoulidis referring to the departure of the next ship to Gaza as part of the Cypriot 'Amalthia' initiative.

Answering questions from journalists during a visit to the "Mr. Tasos Markos" camp, on the occasion of the Easter holidays, he said that the Americans will complete the pier on May 2 and that he will discuss the matter with the British Prime Minister and the President of the Commission. We are doing all the preparatory work, he added, especially with the US, the UAE, and the EU to start the humanitarian aid mission again.

Besides, in relation to the visit he will make to Lebanon with the President of the Commission, he expressed satisfaction with the response from Mrs. von der Leyen, saying that she had raised the issue of Lebanon already at the first European Council that she participated in as a PtD a year ago time.

Amalthia Plan

Asked when to expect the departure of the next ship to Gaza, he said that on May 2, as the Americans have informed him, the pier will be completed.

We are doing all the preliminary work, he added, especially with the US, the UAE, and the EU to start sending humanitarian aid to the specific point again.

This afternoon, he said, the British Prime Minister asked him to talk about the matter and indicated that they would have a telephone conversation.

Tomorrow, he continued, the issue will concern the meeting he will have with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who will be in Cyprus.

"We are ready to start as soon as we get the green light from the US," he stressed.

Visit to Lebanon

Asked about his visit to Lebanon on May 2 together with the President of the Commission and whether there will be an announcement about the support package for the country to deal with migration flows, the President said that the Commission yesterday was very careful and did not make any announcements, because the President of the Commission herself will make them, announcements, he said, about which he has been informed.

He recalled that in the first European Council he participated in a year ago as President of the Republic, he had raised the issue of Lebanon.

I am glad, he said, that there was this response from the President of the Commission.

"We will go to Lebanon together on Thursday and we expect, she will make the announcements herself, that is the right thing," he said.

Source: KYPE