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Mikati, Abadi discuss bilateral agreements

Prime Minister Najib Mikati, right, meets with Saeed Jalili, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, center, and Iranian envoy to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi agreed Tuesday on the need to remove obstacles hampering the implementation of Lebanese-Iranian trade agreements, a press release issued by Mikati’s office said.

Mikati and Roknabadi met at the Grand Serail to discuss the Lebanese-Iranian Trade and Industry Opportunity Forum to be held in Tehran on October 13 and 14, according to the statement.

“I discussed the bilateral Iranian-Lebanese agreements with the PM, some of which been implemented, and the obstacle facing the implementation of the remaining accords,” said Roknabadi following the meeting.

The Iranian ambassador also said that a Lebanese delegation of experts and technicians of the Labor Ministry will head to Iran next week to activate a labor agreement signed by the two countries.

During Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon in October 2010, the two countries signed 17 trade agreements in the economic, oil and energy fields.

Five hundred Iranian companies from the private sector will take part in the forum, along with fifty Lebanese businessmen and prominent economic figure in the economic forum to be held in the Iranian capital mid-October.





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