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Lebanon’s stability important to Kuwait: official

Kuwaiti parliament Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim and his Lebanese counterpart Nabih Berri give a press conference at the Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwait City on February 16, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT)

BEIRUT: Lebanon remains the favorite destination for Kuwaiti tourists, a Kuwaiti official said, while hoping for more stability in the country.

“Lebanon remains Kuwaiti tourists' favorite destination for recreation and tourism,” Kuwait's National Assembly Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim said upon arriving at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport late Sunday.

He said he hoped that “Lebanon recovers full stability as soon as possible because a stable Lebanon means a stable Kuwait.”

The Kuwaiti official visited informal settlements of Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley regions of Bar Elias and al-Marj Monday.

He was accompanied by Speaker Nabih Berri's representative MP Michel Musa and Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas.

Ghanim arrived in Beirut, accompanied by a delegation of Kuwaiti officials including MPs Youssof al-Zalzalah, Mohammad al-Howailah and Saif al-Azemi, as well as Chairman of the International Islamic Charitable Organization Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatooq and others.

The speaker is to hold talks with his Lebanese counterpart, Berri.

Ghanim expressed his joy at visiting Lebanon, hailing the distinctive and unique Kuwaiti-Lebanese ties.

Commenting on the recent turmoil in Iraq, the official said that “Iraq is exposed to any possibility, praying to the mighty God to grace Iraqis and their country with safety and security as soon as possible.”

Ghanim was received at the airport by Kuwait Ambassador to Lebanon Abdul-Aal al-Qenai and diplomatic staff of the embassy, as well as MP Abdel-Latif Zein, representative of Berri; MP Ayoub Humayed, head of the bilateral parliamentary friendship committee; and MP Musa.

 

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Summary

Lebanon remains the favorite destination for Kuwaiti tourists, a Kuwaiti official said, while hoping for more stability in the country.

Ghanim expressed his joy at visiting Lebanon, hailing the distinctive and unique Kuwaiti-Lebanese ties.

Ghanim was received at the airport by Kuwait Ambassador to Lebanon Abdul-Aal al-Qenai and diplomatic staff of the embassy, as well as MP Abdel-Latif Zein, representative of Berri; MP Ayoub Humayed, head of the bilateral parliamentary friendship committee; and MP Musa.


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