BEIRUT: In a meeting with his Albanian counterpart Thursday, Speaker Nabih Berri spoke of improving ties with the Eastern European country in terms of trade and transport agreements.
Following a meeting with Albanian Parliament Speaker Ilir Meta, Berri said “Lebanon and Albania will work with the European Union and the Arab League to promote Arab-European partnership,” adding that it was important that Lebanese investors made their way to the European country to encourage business between both nations in terms of company relations and investments.
“This visit is an opportunity to inform the officials in this country about the image of the political landscape in the Middle East, which suffers from a fierce terrorist attack on its various countries, including Lebanon,” Berri said.
He also said Albania and Lebanon would work together to find solutions to the Syrian crisis and support the “aspirations” of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state.
Berri said the first initiative between the countries would be the signing of a cooperation agreement. “The Lebanese Parliament will give permission to the Cabinet, as soon as it resumes its work following its formation, to ink agreements with Albania concerning air and maritime transport, the prevention of double taxation and the protection of investments,” he added.
He also said both countries’ parliaments would discuss agreements in the areas of trade, culture and education.
Speaker Meta congratulated Lebanon on its new government and said Berri’s visit would help establish good relations between the countries.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 21, 2014, on page 3.