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Lebanon, Colombia sign visa exemption agreement

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and his Colombian counterpart Maria Angela Holguin sign an agreement in Bogota Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (The Daily Star/HO)

BEIRUT: Lebanon and Colombia signed an agreement on visa exemptions for diplomatic, service and special passports, the state-run National News Agency said Friday.

It said the agreement was signed by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and his Colombian counterpart Maria Angela Holguin in Bogota Thursday.

Colombia was the fourth leg of Bassil’s tour of Latin America launched one week ago.

At a joint news conference, Holguin hailed the role of the Lebanese community in Colombia, pointing out that the "Lebanese community has a huge place in the hearts of Colombians.”

Holguin stressed the need to bolster ties between Lebanon and Colombia in various sectors.

Bassil, in turn, said his visit comes 45 years after the last visit by a Lebanese official to Colombia.

"It was an opportunity to review the history of relations between the two countries and the history of Lebanese who immigrated to Colombia more than 130 years ago,” he said.

Bassil said the need to “avoid forced displacement taking place due to the waves of takfiri terrorists” was also discussed during the meeting with Holguin.





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