Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri received today at the Center House a delegation of members of the French Senate that included senators Nathalie Goulet, Joel Guerriau and Corinne Feret, in the presence of MP Dima Jamali, former MP Nabil de Freige and Mr. Omar Harfoush.
Discussions focused on an ecological initiative for Tripoli, and continued over a lunch hosted by Prime Minister Hariri.
After the meeting, Goulet said: "We visited Tripoli to try to better cooperate on sustainable development and citizen ecology. On September 10th, in Paris, there will be a conference in the Senate on citizen ecology with Tripoli as a model. This is unique and we wanted to see things on the ground. We had a wonderful surprise, the Tripoli Chamber of Commerce and Industry decided to adopt the "zero plastic bag" soon. These are very important measures. Then we will work on food waste, which is also a real subject. Nobody likes to throw away food and it is very important to be able to cooperate between parliamentarians, because the parliamentary level is closer to the people and allows the exchange of experiences.
The parliamentarians of Tripoli joined our action. This morning, we were received by President Aoun, which was an honor for modest French parliamentarians who came to cooperate. We had this meeting with Prime Minister Hariri, who of course also supports this action. All good fairies are around this cradle and we will really try to make it a model for the rest of Lebanon.
We know the situation in Lebanon and the regional situation. Today, to make Tripoli the second largest economic city in the country, it is also necessary to reconcile ecology and sustainable development. It is an absolute necessity and I really thank Omar Harfouch and Dima Jamali for wanting to associate us to this project. There will be a continuation, we are here for a while, we will make a roadmap, and we will see you soon on the ground."
For her part, Jamali said: We informed Prime Minister Hariri about the meetings we held and the tours we conducted in Tripoli, which were very good and resulted in a cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry to reduce the use of plastic bags in the city. There is also cooperation on Tripoli between the French Senate and the Lebanese Parliament, to work on projects aimed at alleviating the environmental crisis in the city. Prime Minister Hariri expressed his full support for this project.
Hariri also received the Ambassador of Belarus to Syria and Lebanon Alexander Ponomarev, in the presence of the Vice-President of the Lebanese-Belarussian Business Council Abdel-Wadoud Nsouli. The meeting focused on the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Source: National News Agency