Hitti welcomes five foreign diplomats; UK confirms willingness to help Lebanon out of economic crisis

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Dr. Nassif Hitti, on Tuesday received a call from UK Secretary of State for Middle East and North Africa Affairs, Dr. Andrew Morrison, who congratulated him on assuming his new position and wished him success ...

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Dr. Nassif Hitti, on Tuesday received a call from UK Secretary of State for Middle East and North Africa Affairs, Dr. Andrew Morrison, who congratulated him on assuming his new position and wished him success in his duties, especially amid the prevailing difficult circumstances.

Morrison expressed the UK's readiness to help Lebanon out of the economic crisis. The pair also discussed the situation in the Middle East and its impact on Lebanon.

On the other hand, Minister Hitti welcomed United Nations Special Coordinator in Lebanon, Jan Kubis, who said in the wake of the meeting that talks with the Minister touched on different issues, especially those related to the work of the United Nations in Lebanon, and the means by which the international organization can support the Lebanese government and people.

"I have reiterated to the Minister the content of the United Nations Secretary-General's post-cabinet formation statement, which stressed the importance of listening to people's demands, adherence to basic pledges, implementation of international resolutions, and Lebanon's adoption of the self-distancing policy," Kubis said, stressing the importance of fully adhering to International Security Council's Resolution 1701.

Separately, Hitti met with British Ambassador to Lebanon, Chris Rampling, who said on emerging that talks with the Minister touched on the internal Lebanese situation, as well as the government's next move.

"We touched on regional issues of concern to both countries. We hope that cooperation will continue in the future," Rampling added.

Hitti later received Spanish Ambassador to Lebanon, Jose Maria Ferre, who said in the wake of the meeting that talks with the Minister touched on the existing bilateral ties between Lebanon and Spain.

"We welcome the approval of the budget, which is an important step. We hope that additional steps will be taken by the new Lebanese government in order to carry out the necessary reforms, as well as to meet the aspirations of the people," Ferre said.

"We've discussed ways to cooperate in several bilateral fields, especially in the Spanish language, which is the most prevalent among Lebanese expatriates, as well as our country's participation in the international forces in south Lebanon," the Spanish diplomat added.

The Foreign Minister also met with Turkish Ambassador to Lebanon, Hakan Shakeel, with whom he discussed bilateral relations.

Among Hitti's visitors had also been Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon, Okubo Takeshi. He then met with Italian Ambassador to Lebanon, Massimo Marotti, who paid him a farewell visit marking the end of his diplomatic mission in Lebanon.

Source: National News Agency