Hariri: Prince Mohammed bin Salman plays central role in supporting Lebanon’s stability

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Tuesday received at the “Center House” a delegation from the Lebanese-Saudi Business Council headed by Raouf Abu Zaki.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Hariri invited the Council to activate its work to attract more investments and strengthen economic and trade exchanges between the two countries.

He said: “The depth of the relations between the two countries and all that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has done for Lebanon, compel us to exert all efforts to elevate these relations to the level that the Lebanese and Saudi peoples deserve.”

He added: “Everyone knows the support Prince Mohammed bin Salman is showing me personally. In fact, he also plays a central role in supporting Lebanon’s political, security, social and economic stability”.

Hariri also reminded that Prince Mohammed exerted efforts for the success of the CEDRE conference in Paris and the Rome conference to support the Lebanese army and Internal security forces.

After the meeting, Abu Zaki said: “We were honored to meet with Prime Minister Hariri. The Lebanese-Saudi Business Council includes senior businessmen from various economic sectors in Lebanon.

We informed his Excellency about the activities of the Council most notably the Saudi-Lebanese economic forum that will be held on July 13 in Beirut in the presence of Saudi and Lebanese businessmen.

The forum will be held in the framework of the Arab Economic Forum, which will be held on July 12, in the presence and patronage of the Prime Minister and the participation of around 600 officials, economists and businessmen from around 30 countries. There will also be a Saudi participation in addition to a high-level Kuwaiti participation under the leadership of Kuwait’s parliament speaker Marzouk al-Ghanim.

The meeting also focused on several economic issues of interest to Lebanon and Saudi Arabia and the possibility of reciprocal visits from the private sector.

The forum will be followed by the visit of a Lebanese-Saudi economic delegation to Riyadh to meet the Saudi Chambers, especially the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry and some officials in the Kingdom. All these activities will stimulate and revitalize the relations. We hope that Lebanon will witness in summer, especially after the holidays, the arrival of large numbers of tourists from different Gulf countries, specifically from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait”.

He added: “The delegation hoped that the formation of the government will be rapid. Prime Minister Hariri replied that this is possible. He is going as fast as he can and hopes that efficient persons will be chosen so that the new government can carry its responsibilities and accomplish projects especially the ones proposed in the framework of the CEDRE conference, which will be the subject of study of both the government and the private sector”.

Source: National News Agency