Bassil holds joint press conference with Serbian counterpart

Wed 28 Nov 2018 at 15:29 Politics
NNA - Caretaker Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, Gebran Bassil, currently on an official visit to Serbia, in the company of a senior economic delegation, held a joint press conference with his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dacic.

"Serbia has supported Lebanon since the establishment of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), and our country reciprocates the same support," Bassil said, stressing that Lebanon's foreign policy is based international laws and principles.

"Lebanon has maintained its unity and is against all forms of division," Bassil added. "Lebanon and Serbia share common sovereign tendencies, as well as their rejection of division and isolation."

"We agreed with the President of Serbia to strengthen trade and economic cooperation, and we promised to follow up on the matter," Bassil told his Serbian counterpart, requesting as well the exemption of Lebanese nationals from visa requirements to enter Serbia.

Touching on the impending cabinet formation in Lebanon, Bassil told his Serbian audience that Lebanon sought to swiftly give birth to the government. "We must practice political boldness from now on to face problems hindering the formation of the new government," Bassil added.

The Minister also confirmed Lebanon's support to a safe and dignified return of refugees to their homeland.

For his part, the Serbian Foreign Minister said that his country would support Lebanon in all fields and within international organizations.

"Our visits should take place on regular basis to strengthen relations," the Serbian Minister added.


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