NNA - President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, on Friday followed up on most recent political developments concerning the path of new government formation.
At the political level, President Aoun welcomed Iraqi Vice President, former Iraqi Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi, with whom he discussed most recent developments on the regional arena, as well as the bilateral ties between the two countries.
The head of State also met at the Baabda palace with Caretaker Minister of Tourism, Oadis Guidanian, with whom he tackled the most recent developments.
On emerging, Minister Guidanian said he briefed the President on the progress of the touristic movement in Lebanon since the onset of the current year till the present time.
Guidanian noted that the number of incoming tourists during this period has reached 2 million and 339 thousand tourists, disclosing that the growth rate in the number of European tourists increased by 28.75% compared to the same period in 2010.
President Aoun also welcomed former Minister, Ziad Baroud, with whom he held a tour de horizon on the most recent political developments.
Discussions also covered the issue of the administrative decentralization issue.
Aoun also welcomed at Baabda Palace outgoing Brazilian Ambassador to Lebanon, George Geraldo Qadri, who paid him a farewell visit upon the his diplomatic mission in Lebanon.
The President also had an audience with a Senior Chinese delegation, which has shown interest in investing in governmental projects in Lebanon.
The delegation expressed readiness to invest in government projects notably in the fields of energy, land and air transport, railway, infrastructure and developmental projects.
The President hailed the growing Lebanese-Chinese relations in the various spheres, welcoming once more the Silk Road initiative.
Aoun also thanked China for its support to Lebanon at the international and regional platforms, particularly at the United Nations and the Security Council.
On the other hand, Aoun congratulated in a tweet last night the national Lebanese Basketball team on their victory against the Chinese team in the qualifying game for the World Basketball Championship.
================ Lina Younis