Hariri receives Brazilian and German Ambassadors

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri received today at the Center House the Brazilian Ambassador to Lebanon Paulo Cordeiro de Andrade Pinto, who said after the meeting:

This is my first visit to the Prime Minister. I expressed to him Brazil's readiness to work with him to improve our relations.

The Brazilian president Michel Temer contacted Prime Minister Hariri yesterday and expressed his regret of not being able to come to Beirut in November. We are going to have presidential elections this Sunday and 4000 Brazilians will vote in Lebanon. The President thinks that he has to wait for the results and prepare the transition.

The relation between Brazil and Lebanon is deep and historic. We hope that, whoever wins, the Prime Minister or the Lebanese authorities will visit us. We are ready to continue to try to improve our relations.

We also spoke about the agreement between Mercosur and the Lebanese Republic. Brazil and other Mercosur partners such as Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, would like to complete the negotiation of this agreement.

Hariri also received the German Ambassador to Lebanon Georg Birgelen, who said after the meeting: Germany stands by Lebanon. We will keep up our support. We are hopeful that with a new government Lebanon will do its part. My wife and I are grateful for the warm welcome that we received upon our arrival. We are impressed by Lebanon's peaceful diversity, beauty, open and democratic spirit.

Later on Hariri received the Finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil, and they discussed the political developments.

He also met with a delegation from the Lebanese American University, which included the President of the University Joseph Jabra, his deputy Nassib Nasr and Ms. Cynthia Hobeish. They extended to him an invitation to attend the annual dinner of the university on December 6.

Separately, Hariri sent messages to King Abdullah II of Jordan and Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz, in which he expressed his sorrow after torrential rains swept away a group of students and teachers touring in a bus near the Dead Sea yesterday.

He expressed his condolences for the victims and wished the wounded a speedy recovery.

Source: National News Agency