NNA - Prime Minister Saad Hariri received today at the Grand Serail the president of the Lebanese economic bodies and the chairman of Fransabank group, former minister Adnan Kassar, accompanied by a high-level Chinese economic delegation that comprised the President of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Jiang Zengwei, and representatives of 20 major Chinese companies, including VANKE, the largest developer and real estate investor in the world, as well as Hytera Communications, China's leading mobile radio manufacturer and TCL, the largest Chinese TV manufacturing company.
Kassar spoke during the meeting, thanking Prime Minister Saad Hariri for his keenness to receive the Chinese delegation, and attend and give a speech at the event organized by the Fransabank group earlier this month under the title "One Road: One Belt" at the headquarters of the Union of Arab Chambers.
During the meeting, Kassar commended the depth of the relations between Lebanon and the People's Republic of China, which extend back to the 1950s. He said: "I had the honor with my brother Adel to sign Lebanon's first trade agreement with the People's Republic of China. We continue to play this role that serves the Lebanese-Chinese economic relations and first of all the Lebanese interest. We, as a Fransabank group, received several governmental and private delegations from China in 2017, including four high-level delegations during the month of April".
He added: "We call upon the Lebanese state, especially the government, to take all measures that will encourage Chinese companies to invest in Lebanon, especially in the areas of productive energy, to expand cooperation in infrastructure and facilitate trade and investment in new energies and vital sectors such as agriculture and finance in a way that achieves common progress and development."
Afterwards, Hariri received US Senator Michael Bennet, accompanied by US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard.