Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to pay official visit to Azerbaijan

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to pay official visit to Azerbaijan
# 03 May 2010 15:21 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Lachin Sultanova - APA. Azerbaijani ambassador accredited also in Syria Mahir Aliyev was on an official visit to Lebanon on April 25-29, Azerbaijani embassy in Syria told APA. Ambassador met with Lebanese Prime Minister S. Hariri, Foreign Minister Ali al-Shami, Sports and Youth Minister Ali Abdullah, Minister of Energy and Water G. Basil Minister of Culture S. Varde and State Minister A. al-Gasser.

Delivering speech at the meeting held at the residence of Lebanese Prime Minister S. Hariri, Ambassador gave detailed information on current processes, reforms carried out in economic, cultural and social spheres, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s independent foreign policy course and neighboring countries in this policy, relations with OIC member countries, as well as Nagorno Karabakh conflict and its results. Thanking Azerbaijani President for the opening of Lebanese embassy in Azerbaijan, al-Hariri noted that such constructive decision had been met with great interest at Lebanese political circles and that he accepted this step as political and spiritual support for his country in such difficult days. Touching upon friendly relations between his late father Rafig al-Hariri and Haydar Aliyev, the Prime Minister said that if Azerbaijani government invites, then he will be very glad to visit Baku, get acquainted with the head of state and Azerbaijani phenomenon. The Prime Minister suggested to prepare agreement projects for cooperation of mutual interest of both sides and holding meetings with heads of state structures, as well as with businessmen.

After the meeting with Prime Minister, Secretary General in the Cabinet of Ministers noted that S. al-Hariri was expected to participate in the 35th annual meeting of Islamic Development Bank Council of Chiefs which would take place on June 23-24, 2010 in Baku. His one-day visit to Baku is expected to take place for partaking at the opening ceremony of the conference.

At all meetings, Lebanese officials noted that they support peaceful solution to Nagorno Karabakh conflict within the framework of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
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