BEIRUT: President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives Andre Flahaut stressed his country’s concern for Lebanon’s stability and unity while also expressing his government’s desire to reinforce diplomatic cooperation between the two countries, the Central News Agency reported Tuesday.
Flahaut, who arrived in Lebanon Monday on an official visit, met with President Michel Sleiman and briefed him on his tour of the Belgian contingent in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
Sleiman thanked Flahaut for his country’s contribution to UNIFIL and expressed hope that this participation would continue.
Later, Flahaut met with Speaker Nabih Berri and Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour in Ain al-Tineh and signed a partnership protocol between the parliaments of the two countries.
Berri saluted the Belgian government’s hospitality for the Lebanese community in Belgium and thanked Flahaut for personally “campaigning to extend the mandate of Belgian participation in UNIFIL and the role he played in the issuing of United Nations Security Council Resolution 170l.”
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 13, 2013, on page 4.