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BASSIL, MOGHERINI CHAIR EU LEBANON PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING IN BRUSSELS

Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Gebran Bassil, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, jointly chaired the EU Lebanon Association Council's eight meeting in Brussels.

Attending the meeting had been Lebanon's Trade and Economy Minister, Raed Khoury, Industry Minister, Hussein Hajj Hassan, and Social Affairs Minister, Pierre Bou Assi.

On the political dossier, the Association Council discussed an array of regional matters, notably the Syrian crisis and the displacement predicament as a consequence.

Minister Bassil stressed the necessity of finding a sustainable solution to the Syrian displacement crisis by securing a safe return for refugees to their country.

"Such a return should be confined and gradual as a preliminary stage to contribute to the rebuilding of confidence amongst all components of the Syrian people... in preparation for launching the workshop to rebuild Syria," the Minister said.

The Council also took up the advancement of trade exchange between Lebanon and the EU, through the implementation of an agreed upon joint action plan.

Conferees also discussed the issue of security and counter-terrorism, with both sides dwelt on the joint action plan, notably the provision of technical support in developing a national Lebanese strategy for combating terrorism, reinforcing concerned legal and security institutions in charge of enforcing laws, and combating the financing of terrorism.

The Association Council voiced support to the Lebanese government in several spheres, notably the implementation of the new election law, and bolstering good governance, the government's reform agenda and the fight against corruption.

Source: National News Agency