Hariri receives US Special envoy to Syria and French parliamentary delegation

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri received this evening at the Center House the US Special Envoy to Syria and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Levant Affairs Joel Rayburn, in the presence of the American Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard.

After the meeting, Rayburn said: We are very pleased to visit Beirut today, where we had a series of engagements with government figures, members of Parliament, and members of Lebanese private sector. We are here to get their advice on how the United States can help Lebanon move forward in a positive direction and also how the United States and Lebanon can work together in our shared interests for regional stability and security. We are very pleased to have the same exchange of views and advice with Prime Minister Hariri.

I am here to talk about Lebanon, for Lebanon's sake, because we have such a close partnership with Lebanon and we always want to extend that partnership. But I am also here because Syria is such a big concern for Lebanon just as it is for the United States in all the different elements of the Syrian conflict that has such a big significance for the surrounding region. So we are here with our Lebanese partners to work towards a common goal for the solution for Syria.

He also received a French delegation, led by the head of the Foreign affairs committee at the French National assembly Marielle de Sarnez and the head of the Foreign affairs committee at the French Senate Christian Cambon. The delegation was accompanied by the French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Foucher.

Hariri also met with the Head of the Defense Office at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Dorothee Le Fraper du Hellen.

Earlier, Hariri received the former President of Georgetown University Father Leo O'Donovan.

Source: National News Agency