BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman held a series of meetings with heads of state in New York ahead of his chairing of a U.N. Security Council session Thursday entitled "preventive diplomacy."
Following his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, Sleiman met with Turkey’s prime minister, the presidents of Cyprus and Ivory Coast, and the emir of Qatar.
Bilateral ties and Turkey's contribution to the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon were the focus of discussions between Sleiman and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting was also attended by Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Davutoglu, according to a statement from the president’s office.
Sleiman kicked off his discussions Wednesday afternoon with Cypriot President Demetris Christofias at the Lebanon Office at the Security Council.
The two discussed the boundaries of Lebanon's exclusive economic zone and the need for Lebanon’s agreement to the extent of the shared border with Cyprus Israel, according to a statement from the president’s office.
Addressing the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday, Sleiman told world leaders Lebanon would uphold its rights to its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone against designs by the Jewish state.
Sleiman will hold a meeting before noon Thursday with high-ranking officials ahead of his speech on "preventive diplomacy."
At the Office of the Qatari delegation in New York Wednesday, Sleiman and Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa discussed the latest developments at the regional and Arab levels as well as bilateral ties between the two countries.
During Sleiman’s meeting with Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, the two heads of state discussed the situation of Lebanese expats in the African country. Sleiman expressed his interest in visiting Ivory Coast and extended an invitation to Ouattara to visit Lebanon.