Lebanon News

Lebanon first stop on German FM’s regional tour

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses members of the foreign correspondent's club (VAP) at the Foreign ministry in Berlin May 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

BEIRUT: Lebanon is the first stop on German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s regional tour that starts Thursday.

The official’s two-day visit to the country comes ahead of visits to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Steinmeier will hold talks with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil Thursday afternoon, a follow-up to the two officials’ meeting earlier this month in Berlin. Steinmeier will also hold talks with Prime Minister Tammam Salam.

The official is accompanied by German lawmakers and two delegations, one consisting of German business representatives and a second of members of the German academia and art scene.

The German minister will also visit projects for Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, gaining his first-hand impressions about the refugee situation in the country and the relief efforts undertaken.

He will be meeting with the UNHCR head of mission in Lebanon, Ninette Kelley, at the agency's registration facilities in Zahle. After this meeting, he will tour projects by Humedica and UNICEF, implemented by World Vision.

Germany has donated more than 100 million euros to international organizations providing support to Syrian refugees and host communities in Lebanon.

Steinmeier will also hand over a donation of ambulance cars to the Lebanese Red Cross from the German Red Cross.





Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (

comments powered by Disqus



Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here