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Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Giorgos Katrougalos on visit to Lebanon (Beirut, 02-03 October 2018)
Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Giorgos Katrougalos, met yesterday and today with the Acting Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri and members of his government, in Beirut.
The strategic economic cooperation between the two countries and, in particular, the participation of Greek enterprises in the development program announced by the Lebanon Government, Greece’s investment prospects in the framework of the further deepening of bilateral economic relations on all levels, were the topics of his meeting with Mr Hariri. Mr Katrougalos conveyed to Mr Hariri the invitation of Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, to participate in the upcoming EU-Arab Summit “Shared Horizons”, which will be held on 29 and 30 October 2018 in Athens.
During meetings with Minister of Tourism, Avedis Guidanian, Minister of Economy and Trade, Raed Khoury and Minister of Culture, Ghattas Al Khoury discussions revolved around issues pertaining to bilateral economic relations, cooperation in the tourism sector, cultural exchanges, bilateral trade, the transfer of know-how, as well as the strategic cooperation of the two countries with third countries and in particular with Cyprus. It should be noted that Lebanon will be the honoured country at the International Tourism Fair, which will be held on 6 and 8 December 2018 in Athens.
Bilateral relations will be further discussed in the Joint Interministerial Committee, which, it was agreed, will take place in Athens in February 2019.
The Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs also participated in a business Forum organized by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), and the Greek International Business Association (SEVE), in cooperation with the Beirut Chamber of Commerce and Industry, leading a large Greek business mission.