BEIRUT: President of the Lebanese Higher Judicial Council Jean Fahed and Vice President of Italy’s High Judicial Council Michele Vietti signed a bilateral protocol Thursday between the judicial councils of both countries, according to a statement from the Italian Embassy.
The agreement, signed at the Lebanese Supreme Court, in the presence of caretaker Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi, Italian Ambassador to Lebanon Guiseppe Morabito and acting General Prosecutor Samir Hammoud, among other top level Lebanese justices, aims at fostering more cooperating between the judicial systems of the two countries.
The protocol will encourage the exchange of information and best practices, and special attention will also be paid to the organization of study visits and training activities.
During the signing ceremony, Fahed underlined the importance of international cooperation aimed at establishing international standards.
Vietti, in his speech, recalled the experience of the Italian judiciary in fighting organized crime and terrorism, and reiterated the Italian High Judicial Council’s keenness to cooperate with its Lebanese counterparts.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 14, 2014, on page 4.