Jaafari from the ‘House of Centre’: Glad to see Lebanon strong, overcoming previous challenges

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri met on Saturday afternoon at the "House of Centre" with Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, in the presence of Iraqi ambassador Ali Al Ameri and his accompanying delegation.

Discussions during the meeting focused on the situation in Lebanon and the latest developments in Iraq and the region, and on ways of strengthening relations between both countries in various fields.

"We are happy to see a strong Lebanon that has overcome previous challenges and ended the past vacuum," said al-Jaafari on emerging.

He added: "We expressed our blessings and congratulations for resolving the presidency issue, for we believe that this step provides strength not only for Lebanon but for us as well, and we look forward to seeing each of our brotherly and friendly countries in the best of conditions."

Al-Jaafari went on to indicate that, "The meeting with Premier Hariri boosted ties between our two brotherly nations, despite the geographical distance. We are two cooperating States and we enjoy very strong relations between the Iraqi people and the Lebanese, which date back a long time."

He added: "I was very happy throughout this meeting, especially since we have not met for almost a year, and I detected keen concern for developing and deepening relations further and sharing common interests. I also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Hariri to visit Baghdad and we will be glad when he responds to it, as he promised."

"We emphasized the need for cooperation in common dossiers between our two countries, whether in the security field or in different political and economic domains," al-Jaafari underscored.

Source: National News Agency