The government will stand by the families of the four young Egyptian labourers who lost their lives in the weekend’s devastating forest fire in Cyprus, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides told Philenews.
Christodoulides (photo) has also made this clear to his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry with whom he talked on the phone on Monday.
Apart from sending his condolences to the families of the four labourers, Christodoulides also asked Egypt’s ambassador in Nicosia to ensure that details of the financial condition of the family of each of the deceased men are forwarded to the Ministry.
In addition to financial assistance, the Republic is to take further measures such as providing scholarships to their children for free education in Cyprus or meeting any other needs that may arise.
Christodoulides, in consultation with President Nicos Anastasiades, will submit a relevant proposal before the Council of Ministers for approval on Wednesday.
At the same time, the Ministry is taking the necessary steps to ensure the transportation of the bodies of the four Egyptians to their country the soonest possible.