Berri meets Canadian counterpart , diplomats over latest developments

Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, on Monday welcomed at his Ein Teeneh residence, Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons, Geoff Regan, who visited him in the company of Canadian Parliament Officials.

Talks featured high on developments in the region, the political and economic situation in Lebanon, as well as the best means to bolster bilateral relations between Lebanon and Canada.

I am delighted to visit Lebanon and meet with Lebanese leaders, and I was very pleased to meet with Speaker Berri, especially that we have common denominators and concerns," Regan said.

In response to a question, he confirmed Canada's support to Lebanon. We have strong and historic relations with Lebanon. A large Lebanese community in Canada plays a very important role in business, health and others, and it plays the role of a bridge between Lebanon and Canada, Regan added.

In response to another question, he stressed that Canada strongly supported Lebanon and its stability, and understood the challenges it faced from the war in Syria.

Since 2016, Canada has contributed $200 million in support of refugees and host communities, he said, adding that Canada deems this problem as not only Lebanon's, but a global one in general.

Separately, the newly appointed Ambassadors to Denmark, Merete Juhl, and Qatar, Mohammad Hassan Jaber al-Jaber, paid an acquaintance visit to Berri.

Egyptian Ambassador, Nazih al-Najari, also had an audience with the House Speaker.

I have been honored to listen to Speaker Berri's briefing on the situation in Lebanon, especially concerning the formation of a new Lebanese cabinet. Egypt is highly interested in the situation in Lebanon, and most specifically concerning the birth of a new government -- as this would ensure stability in Lebanon, away from the delicate regional and economic conditions, the Egyptian diplomat said.

Source: National News Agency