BEIRUT: Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil Wednesday said it was his duty to visit Lebanese expatriates in Brazil because their numbers doubled the population in Lebanon.
“The number of Lebanese in Brazil is two- times the number in Lebanon. Therefore, it is my duty to visit them on a regular basis and connect them with Lebanon to strengthen economic and political ties between Lebanon and Brazil,” Bassil told Brazilian magazine Estada Sao Paolo.
He said his visit to Brazil was due to the recent Expatriate Energy Conference in Lebanon.
He added that he was in the Latin American country to coordinate the 2015 conference.
Bassil also expressed hope that Brazil would offer Lebanon help in combating terrorism.
The minister, who arrived in Brazil earlier in the day, is expected to meet with Beto Richa, the Governor of the Brazilian state of Paran?, which hosts the largest Lebanese community.