Lebanon participated in the 35th ordinary session of the Council of Arab Transport Ministers in Alexandria, represented by Caretaker Public Works and Transport Minister Ali Hamieh, in the presence of delegations from 19 Arab countries represented by ministers concerned with transport and communications affairs, and representatives (in an observer capacity) of Arab and international organizations and unions operating in the field of transport, in addition to the delegation of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States.
The Council approved two important recommendations that came in Minister Hamieh’s address, the first relating to Palestine and how to support it in mitigating the effects of the Israeli aggression on it, through the formation of a working cell to include Lebanon and a group of other Arab countries that will provide their expertise and capabilities in the transport field to serve the Palestinian people. As for the second recommendation, it involves preparing a study in which all Arab countries would participate, including an assessment of the status of Arab ports and ports’ sector, especially in terms of size, capacity, absorptive capabilities and the possibility of developing and linking them to each other.
Minister Hamieh began his speech by thanking the Arab Republic of Egypt and its leadership, particularly President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Minister of Transport, Lieutenant-General Engineer Kamel Abdel Hadi Faraj, and President of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar, for hosting the session of the Council of Arab Transport Ministers and its executive office in Alexandria.
“The topics on the agenda in the fields of land and sea transport are topics that require us to have a strategic vision for the reality of the transport sector among our Arab countries, and the strategic vision to be adopted in relation to the port sector and the importance we attach to linking them together and finding means that enhance their integration,” Hamieh said.
“Our message today is a message of hope for our peoples and our nation, that we are able to revive joint Arab action, and to channel it in the service of our central issues. We, God willing, are able to keep pace with every development that occurs in the field of transportation, and all the other sectors we are concerned with,” he concluded.
Source: National News Agency – Lebanon