Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, Gebran Bassil, on Thursday held a joint press conference with his visiting French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault.

“Both sides are called forth to re-establish and boost Lebanese-French connection facing common challenges, terrorism, and migration,” Bassil said.

He noted that Lebanon was suffering the burden of a gigantic Syrian refugee crisis, adding that the sole solution remains the refugees’ return to their homeland.

“We are more than confident that the forthcoming stage will herald positive accomplishments at the economic level. We will work hand-in-hand to revive the livelihood cycle in Lebanon,” Bassil added.

He also said that a meeting would be held by the International Support Group for Lebanon in an attempt to swiftly recover an active institutional life in Lebanon.

In turn, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs said that his country was endeavouring to set Lebanon apart from the Syrian conflict, welcoming Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s impending visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“Lebanon is an example and a reference in the Middle East region, that’s why it should maintain a good relation with all its partners, away from regional conflicts,” Ayrault said.

He finally lauded the efforts of the Lebanese security forces safeguarding Lebanon and its borders by means of relentlessly fighting terrorism.

Source: National News Agency

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Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, Gebran Bassil, on Thursday held a joint press conference with his visiting French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault. 'Both sides are called forth to re-establish and boost Lebanese-French connection facing common challenges, terrorism, and migration,' Bassil said. He noted that Lebanon was suffering the burden of...