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AOUN MEETS CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER: LEBANON KEEN ON BOOSTING BILATERAL TIES

President Michel Aoun stressed Lebanon's keenness to strengthen bilateral relations with China in all spheres, lauding China's stand beside Lebanon in regional and international podiums.

"China's ranking the first exporter to the Lebanese markets gives further impetus to boost cooperation between Lebanon and China," President Aoun said in front of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who called on him at the Baabda palace on Friday.

Aoun pledged that Lebanon shall play its full role in the advancement of the "One Belt One Road" initiative Project launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping, notably that the future of relations between countries will be set through building bridges, rather than building walls.

The President also thanked China for its "support to the Lebanese army and security forces and its contribution to the development of the Lebanese economy."

Aoun briefed the Chinese Minister on Lebanon's stance vis-a-vis" the current regional developments, highlighting "the negative repercussions of the Syrian crisis on the situation in general."

Aoun said he hoped that a political solution will be reached soon in Syria, underlining the substantial importance of cooperation among countries in eradicating terrorism.

At the beginning of the meeting, Yi conveyed to Aoun a message from Chinese President Xi Jinping, underlining the "friendship ties between Lebanon and China and the necessity of boosting bilateral relations between the two countries."

The Chinese President hailed Lebanon's typical characteristic of national coexistence among its various sons, in the framework of unity and solidarity.

He reiterated China's constant support to Lebanon's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Chinese Minister also expressed his country's readiness to continue to provide aid to Lebanon to alleviate the ramifications of the massive Syrian influx into Lebanon, as a result of the Syrian crisis. Both Lebanon and China see eye to eye over the need to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, he said.

On the other hand, Aoun President Aoun contacted the new Greek Catholic Patriarch, Youssef al-Abssi, congratulating him on his election and wishing him "success in his new ecclesiastical duties."

On the advent of the Fitr Eid, Aoun received a congratulatory cable from Jordan's Monarch AbdullaH II Ben El-Hussein.

Source: National News Agency