BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman said Tuesday that Algeria’s expertise in offshore oil exploration could benefit Lebanon as he kicked off a historic visit to West Africa in a bid to bolster business ties between Lebanon and a number of African states.
During his short stop in Algiers before heading south to Senegal, Sleiman said Lebanon sought to learn from Algeria’s experience in managing natural resources.
“ Lebanon wants to benefit from Algeria’s experience in managing its oil,” said Sleiman following his meeting with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika at Algiers’ Houari Boumediene Airport.
In a private meeting, Sleiman and Bouteflika discussed bilateral relations and the unrest in Syria.
The president and first lady Wafa Sleiman departed from Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport in a private jet at 9:05 a.m., officials from the airport told The Daily Star.
Sleiman’s weeklong visit to Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana and Ivory Coast is a first for a Lebanese president.