Thursday, 14 Nov 2019

Reception by Lebanon’s Ambassador to London marking Independence Day: LebaneseBritish Business Investment Forum to be held next month

Lebanese Ambassador to Britain, Rami Mortada, held a reception on the occasion of Lebanon's Independence Day at his residence in London, attended by British Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alistair Burt, heads of departments of the British Foreign Office and several members in the House of Commons and British officials, in addition to heads of diplomatic missions accredited in London and members of the Lebanese expatriate community.

Addressing the attending guests, Mortada said, "The meaning of independence does not stop at an annual occasion, but extends throughout the year through the values on which Lebanon was founded...values of democracy, openness and dialogue."

"Following the consolidation of security and stability and the successful achievements in combating terrorism, thanks to the sacrifices of the Lebanese army and the security forces, the Lebanese government whose formation is currently underway, will place the issue of economy and structural reform at the forefront of its work agenda through an ambitious plan to accelerate growth and create job opportunities," Mortada went on.

The Lebanese Ambassador disclosed that his Embassy is preparing to hold a Lebanese-British Business and Investment Forum in London next month. He described it as "an unprecedented event in terms of connecting with the private sector and creating investment opportunities in the Lebanese economy, especially in infrastructure, oil and gas."

Mortada indicated that the Forum will bring together at least 250 British and international companies and will open a new path in Lebanese-British relations, as well as other avenues for cooperation.

"With Britain's emerging from the European Union, Lebanon hopes to have an active British role in stabilizing the region and promoting a culture of dialogue, cooperation and communication among various parties, which will reflect positively on Lebanon," Mortada stated.

The Lebanese Diplomat pointed to the "Israeli threats and aggressions that add to the tension in the region, and to the repercussions of the Syrian refugees' dossier." He called herein for "a qualitative approach to this file that would ease the burden on host countries and preserve the social fabric in the region."

In turn, Minister Burt expressed his country's pride in its partnership with Lebanon, saying, "Lebanon is synonymous with the values of democracy, openness and culture."

He stressed that "the British-Lebanese partnership will continue," hoping that "the new Lebanese government would soon be formed so that work can be pursued to consolidate this partnership."

"Britain looks forward to a government that will continue to promote Lebanon's sovereignty and stability, highlight the fundamental reforms required and continue to promote British-Lebanese friendship," Burt affirmed.

The British Minister added that his country is looking forward to the British-Lebanese Business Forum in London during the upcoming month. He disclosed that he will be personally participating in the Forum to send the appropriate message to the British private sector that "Lebanon is a friend of investment and that the prosperity of the Lebanese economy is a common goal."

Source: National News Agency

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