Bassil from Rome calls for establishment of Palestinian state, SaudiIranian dialogue

Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Gebran Bassil, arrived in Rome on Friday to partake in the inauguration of the fifth edition of the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue. Bassil kicked off his Rome visit by meeting with Italian counterpart, ...

Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Gebran Bassil, arrived in Rome on Friday to partake in the inauguration of the fifth edition of the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue.

Bassil kicked off his Rome visit by meeting with Italian counterpart, Luigi Di Maio, with whom he discussed Lebanese-Italian bilateral relations.

The pair agreed on the need strengthen ties between both countries in all fields, especially on the economic level whilst facing the dire financial and economic crisis that Lebanon currently endures.

Later during the day, and on the sidelines of the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Conference, Bassil held a series of talks with a number of foreign ministers, including Turkish counterpart, Mevlut ?avusoglu.

Talks between both men reportedly touched on the overall situation in Lebanon and the Middle East region, as well as on the impact of the conflicts taking place in the region on both countries. Means of bolstering regional cooperation to confront the Syrian refugee crisis also featured high between the pair.

It is to note that Bassil's participation in the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Conference affirms Lebanon's role in the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, which tackles common issues, most notably environmental and economic cooperation, confronting immigration and unemployment problems among the youth, the role of women, development prospects, and popularizing a culture of peace among Mediterranean countries.

In more than one of his meetings in Rome, Bassil stressed the need to establish a Palestinian state and to hold a Saudi-Iranian dialogue.

Source: National News Agency