Lebanon signs parliamentary protocol with Belgium

Lebanon signs parliamentary protocol with Belgium
# 13 February 2013 03:14 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berry on Tuesday signed with his visiting Belgium counterpart Andre Flahaut a protocol on parliamentary partnership between the two countries, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Berry was quoted by the state-run National News Agency as saying that "the relations with Belgium were always strong," referring to the "nine bilateral cooperation agreements between the two countries."

"There are too many resemblances between Lebanon and Belgium as for diversity and regionalism," he said, stressing the "role of Belgium in supporting the Lebanese army and the reconstruction of the south."

For his part, Flahaut said that "Belgium is working on reinforcing parliamentary diplomacy and cooperation between the two countries," adding that the relations between his country and Lebanon "have always been strong."

"We are interested in Lebanon's fate and we give a great importance to its unity and stability," Flahaut said.

Flahaut arrived in Lebanon Monday at the invitation of his Lebanese counterpart and will stay in the country until later this week.

He has met with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati, and is expected to visit the Belgium battalion working within the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) at its headquarters in the Tayri village in southern Lebanon.

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