On July 6th , Mayor of Bethlehem Anton¬†Salman met with the Mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonas, in the presence of the Municipal Council¬†Member Shireen Bandak-Mauge,¬†and, from the Mayor‚Äôs office, Ikram Juha.
For his part,¬†Salman spoke about the general situation in the city¬†of Bethlehem, especially with regard to political and touristic¬†realities, in addition to the demographic details of¬†the city and surrounding refugee camps.
Salman also talked about Bethlehem‚Äôs preparations¬†for it being the ‚ÄúCapital of Arab Culture.‚ÄĚ¬†Moreover, he referred to the participation of a¬†delegation from Pafos who was supposed to¬†participate in the Christmas events of 2017, but US President Donald Trump‚Äôs decision towards transferring the¬†American Embassy and the subsequent¬†developments prevented the participation of the¬†delegation of Paphos and many more delegations.
However, PNN reports that Salman welcomed their participation this¬†year. Phedonas welcomed Salman and emphasized the importance of cooperation between the two¬†cities. He expressed his willingness to bring artists¬†to Bethlehem, to participate in the coming¬†Christmas season, in addition to working on many¬†exchanges, especially between the youth of the two¬†cities. Phedonas mentioned that Paphos, in 2017, was¬†the capital of the European culture and, with that, expressing his eagerness to support Bethlehem in 2020.