09 August, 2006
A total of 72 U.S. senators have signed a letter addressed to President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos, expressing their gratitude to the government, the President "and the people of Cyprus for the extraordinary support and kindness extended to U.S. and other citizens leaving Lebanon".
The senators said the "leadership exhibited by the Cypriot government and the generosity of the Cypriot people to accommodate these and the many other citizens of other countries during this trying time will not soon be forgotten by the U.S.".
The senators praised the ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government services for working around the clock to assist foreign nationals arriving in Cyprus, noting that those who remained in Cyprus awaiting for their chartered flights to their onward destinations, were provided temporary residence at the "Cyprus State Fairs Authority which generously made its premises in Nicosia available to U.S. citizens".
The letter was the initiative of senators Robert Menendez and Paul Sarbanes (both Democrats) and Olympia Snowe (Republican). Among those who signed it are Harry Reid, John Kerry, George Allen, Hillary Clinton and Charles Grassley.
Source: Athens News Agency