Prime Minister Saad Hariri Hariri received today at the Grand Serail, the British ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter.
After the meeting, Shorter said: "I had a very good meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri a moment ago in which we discussed the latest local and regional developments. This was my first meeting with the Prime Minister since he officially assumed office in December.
I congratulated him on the swift formation of the government, on the ministerial statement and on the parliament's vote of confidence. I also relayed my government's good wishes for the new year. I welcomed the fact that Cabinet has already started work, taking key economic and other decisions already last week.
There is of course much still to do. The United Kingdom looks forward to continuing our work with Lebanon and with Prime Minister Hariri to address the challenges facing the country and to make progress on vital security, economic and development goals. We also look forward to the timely holding of parliamentary elections under transparent modernized procedures strengthening Lebanon's democracy. The United kingdom is proud of our shared partnership and we look forward to continuing our support for a stable, prosperous and secure Lebanon".
Hariri also received the Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura.
The meeting focused on the political situation in Lebanon and the region. It also tackled the issue of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the impact of their presence on Lebanon, as well as Japan's assistance to Lebanon in this regard.
Source: National News Agency