Bassil, interlocutors talk bilateral ties

Caretaker Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Minister, Gebran Bassil, on Wednesday received the U.S. congressman of Lebanese origin Darrell Issa, in the presence of US Ambassador to Lebanon, Elizabeth Richard.

Talks reportedly touched on the bilateral relations between Lebanon and the United States and cooperation between the two sides, particularly in the field of arming the Lebanese army.

Minister Bassil took up the issue of the return of the displaced Syrians to their homeland and the need to support Lebanon's request in this regard.

Talks also touched on the outcome of recent parliamentary elections and its positive outcome on the situation in Lebanon.

The recent US sanctions also featured on discussions.

On the other hand, Minister Bassil also met with British Ambassador to Lebanon, Hugo Shorter, with the bilateral ties and economic reforms topping their discussions.

Ambassador Shorter also congratulated Bassil on the recent legislative elections.

Bassil then received MP Fouad Makhzoumi, who said on emerging that they made an assessment of the electoral phase and its post period.

"We also discussed the situation in the region and how we can work together, whether within the Parliament or within the next cabinet," Makhzoumi said, deeming the upcoming phase as "difficult" amidst the pressing simmering economic situation.

On another note, Bassil received a copy of the credentials of the newly accredited Irish Ambassador to Lebanon, in preparation to be submitted to the President of the Republic.

Irish Honorary General Consul, Ambassador George Siam, was also present.

Source: National News Agency