BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman will kick off a weeklong visit to Africa next week during which he will visit countries home to a large number of Lebanese expatriates.
The state-run National News Agency said Wednesday that Sleiman would start his trip on March 12 and would return to Beirut on March 20 after wrapping up official visits to four African countries: the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.
In preparation for the upcoming visit, Sleiman chaired a meeting of a delegation of ministers and officials who will accompany him during his seven-day visit to the continent, the NNA said.
They discussed the schedule of the tour and the important agreements that will be signed. Sleiman is the first post-Civil War president to tour African countries with large concentrations of expatriate Lebanese.