The president of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri received today at the Grand Serail the Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira.

At the end of the meeting, Ferreira said: “I just met with Prime Minister Hariri following exchanges at the highest level that the Brazilian government had recently with Lebanon.

The president has relations with Lebanon at different levels, very important relations, not only political and economic but also family relations since we have a very important presence of Lebanese and descendants of Lebanese in Brazil in all areas of our social, economic, political and cultural life and even in my own family since my wife belongs to a Lebanese family.

We talked about historical relationships but also about future prospects. Brazil always shows solidarity with Lebanon’s efforts and the challenges currently facing Lebanon, the refugees problem, the problem of investment in infrastructure, the effort to re-equip its armed forces and the qualification of its military. We also express solidarity with the security of Lebanon since we are very proud to participate in the United Nations maritime force which is responsible of ensuring security on the Lebanese coast. We also talked about agreements that can be signed very soon. Firstly, the defense agreement, which will be signed soon to open a legal framework for the cooperation that already exists between our two countries. And also the association agreement between Lebanon and Mercosur (Common Market of South America). We already presented to the Lebanese government a road map that could bring us very briefly to the opening of negotiations. Next week, I will meet with my colleagues Mercosur Foreign Ministers to begin negotiations with Lebanon.

In this meeting, I invited the Prime Minister to visit Brazil and I informed him of the intention of our President Michel Tamer to visit the homeland of his family, Lebanon, at the end of the year”.

Source: National News Agency