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Egypt's FM visits newly elected Lebanese president in Beirut

The FM is expected to meet with parliament speaker Nabih Berri and newly appointed Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri later on Wednesday

Ahram Online , Wednesday 16 Nov 2016
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Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry Shaking hands with Lebanese president Michel Aoun in Baabda palace in Beirut on Wendesday(Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry's official Facebook Page)
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Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry met on Wednesday in Beirut with the newly elected Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Shoukri extended an invitation from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to Aoun to visit Egypt, the foreign ministry announced in a statement.

The Egyptian FM conveyed a message of solidarity from Egypt's president, saying that "Lebanon has an important position in the Arab world and plays a vital role in maintaining joint Arab interests."

After the meeting, Shoukri told reporters that "Egypt is seeking to open communication with Lebanon's official institutions for a deep dialogue and to build a strong relationship to achieve their common goals."

Shoukry is scheduled to meet with Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri and newly appointed Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri later on Wednesday as part of his two-day visit.

The FM arrived in Beirut on Tuesday evening to reaffirm Egypt's support to the 1 November election of President Aoun, which put an end to an over two-year political vacuum.

El-Sisi had congratulated his new Lebanese counterpart in a phone call following the election.

During the call, the new Lebanese president said that he looked forward to enhancing bilateral cooperation in all fields, adding that Egypt represents a major pillar of the security and stability in the Arab world.

For two years prior to Aoun's election, Lebanon's political forces failed to reach a consensus on choosing a new president after  the end of Michael Suleiman's term in May 2014.

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