Hariri receives Kaag and Naggari

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri received today at the Center House the Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Nazih Naggari, who said after the meeting:

"I was very happy to meet with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri. I wished him success in forming the Lebanese government. As you know, national entente and stability in Lebanon are very important for Egypt, and I conveyed to him the importance that the high officials in Egypt attach to the stability of Lebanon, and the formation of the government is very important for Lebanon and its stability.

We also discussed a number of important topics in terms of economic and trade relations between the two countries, which we always seek to develop because the two peoples benefit from this relationship as it creates jobs and this is what we are working on with Prime Minister Hariri".

Hariri then received the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag, who said after the meeting:

"It is the first opportunity I had to be back in Lebanon since I left. I came back as Minister for foreign trade and development cooperation for the kingdom of the Netherlands.

It is a pleasure and an honor. I started a round of meetings. We are talking about the follow up to the CEDRE conference. The Netherlands has contributed with 200 million euro of grants with a 100 million euro to follow the reforms the new government will undertake. We are very keen to explore areas in terms of logistics, investment in agriculture but particularly production in line with the technology that the Netherlands has to offer and continue our assistance to the Lebanon's generous hosting of the Syrian refugees through our assistance programs to the UN. We had very good discussions starting this morning with president Aoun, Speaker Berri and now Prime Minister Hariri and I look forward to a very fruitful visit.

The Netherlands is a friend of Lebanon and we look forward to strengthen this partnership even more than before.

Source: National News Agency