Rampling visits Beirut Chamber, affirms ongoing UK support to Lebanon

A work meeting was held on Thursday at the Beirut and Mount Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and industry, attended by the economic bodies, led by Mohammed Choucair, and British Ambassador to Lebanon, Chris Rampling, accompanied by the Embassy's Trade Department head, Paul Khawaja, and the Embassy's Second Secretary Natasha Stotesbury.

As per a statement by the Beirut Chamber, the two sides discussed means to bolster economic relations and enhance cooperation between the private sectors in both countries.

Discussions also covered measures needed to be taken in this context after the British exit from the European Union, as per statement.

Choucair welcomed the British ambassador at the Chamber, highlighting the deeply rooted relations between the two countries.

Choucair hailed Britain's economic status in the world, saying the Lebanese private sector is highly interested in strengthening bilateral cooperation in a bid to develop trade exchange and benefit from the available investment opportunities, and most importantly to benefit from the expertise and modern technology adopted in Britain on more than one level.

"Lebanon has promising investment opportunities, which are related to the infrastructure development projects approved by the CEDRE conference, as well as in other sectors, especially oil and gas," Choucair corroborated.

Choucair also underlined the paramount importance of bolstering bilateral economic relations.

Ambassador Rampling, for his part, said he was pleased to be in Lebanon, especially in Beirut and Mount Lebanon Chamber, to discuss investment and trade opportunities between the two countries and how to continue to support the Lebanese economy and strengthen cooperation between the two sides.

Rampling also shed light on the longstanding historical relations between Lebanon and Britain, which extend for decades in the field of economy, education and many other services.

The ambassador affirmed the UK's ongoing support to Lebanon.

"We have a lot of opportunities to strengthen trade relations and cooperation between the UK and Lebanon," Rampling said, announcing the holding of an investment conference in the UK on December 12 to explore investment opportunities.

The British ambassador also highlighted the importance of forming the Lebanese government and the role it plays in advancing the Lebanese economy.

Source: National News Agency