Australian ambassador celebrates strong bilateral ties during visit to North Lebanon

Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, Glenn Miles, winded up a two-day tour of North

Lebanon, featuring Minieh, Dinnieh, Miniara, and Tripoli.

In a press release by the Australian Embassy in Beirut, it said: "The visit highlighted Australia's

strong people-to-people ties with Lebanon, particularly with communities in the North."

"As my posting in Lebanon nears its end, I feel privileged to have worked in Lebanon and to have travelled all around this beautiful country. I have greatly enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of the Lebanese people. I am confident our bilateral ties will only grow in strength

at all levels," Ambassador Miles said.

Press release added: "Ambassador Miles discussed the challenges and opportunities for the region with the Mufti of Tripoli and the North, Sheikh Malek Shaar, and the Mayor of Tripoli, Ahmad Kamareddine.

He advocated for a quick government formation and economic reform opportunities with new

and outgoing MPs, including Mr Faisal Karami, Mr Mesbah Ahdab, and Mr Sami Fatfat.

Supporting small businesses with Australian ties, Ambassador Miles visited the owner of Minieh's 'The Australian Butcher', Samir Rifaii. He also discussed economic

opportunities with Toufic Dabboussi, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli and North Lebanon.

North Lebanon is home to a large Australian-Lebanese community. Last year, around 25,000 Australians visited Lebanon over the summer period, with many spending their summer holidays in their families' hometowns in the North."

Source: National News Agency