BEIRUT: Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe Friday postponed his scheduled visit to Lebanon over security concerns linked to Syria.
Beirut Mayor Bilal Hamad told the Central News Agency that Delanoe’s visit this weekend was rescheduled for late October, due to fears of repercussions in Lebanon over a possible Western military strike against the Syrian regime.
Hamad said Delanoe was going to check up on progress on a joint Beirut- Paris project to renovate the historic Barakat building in the Beirut neighborhood of Sodeco, which is being turned into a collective memory museum for the city.
Hamad said the project, which is being closely overseen by officials from the Paris municipality, was due to be finalized by 2014.
“We wanted to honor Delanoe, whose term will expire at the beginning of 2014, but he was advised by the French Embassy and the French Foreign Ministry against visiting Beirut during this period ... and we understand this concern,” Hamad said.