Assad hails Cyprus' support for return of Golan Heights

NICOSIA, Cyprus  — Syrian President Bashar Assad Thursday lauded European Union member Cyprus for supporting the return of the Golan Heights back to Syria, a position he says the EU doesn't share.
The EU "doesn't vote in favor of" returning the Golan Heights, said Assad, hailing Cyprus for "its independent stance."
EU officials have stated that the status of the Golan Heights must be seen as part of an overall peace deal between Israel and its neighbors.
Assad said during an official visit here on Thursday that Cyprus could help other EU countries "more deeply understand" regional issues, enabling the bloc to play a more effective role in the Middle East.
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