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Aoun to Visit Iraq and Armenia

President Michel Aoun will kick start visits to Iraq and Armenia on Tuesday at the invitation of his Iraqi and Armenian counterparts where he will be heading a ministerial, administrative, parliamentary, and consultative delegation, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

The accompanying delegation will be comprised of Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan, Tourism Minister Avedis Kedanian, State Minister for Combating Corruption Nicolas Tueini and head of the Tashnaq party MP Agop Pakradonian, well-informed sources told the daily.

In Iraq, Aoun will meet with President Mohammed Fuad Masum, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, it added.

Aoun will travel on Wednesday to Armenia for talks with the President, PM and Parliament Speaker of Armenia. He will also meet with the Lebanese community living there.

Economic and political issues will be discussed including bilateral relations between the two countries and the ways to promote economic exchange and strengthen diplomatic relations.

What distinguishes the visit to Iraq is compatibility in views on a number of pivotal issues on the Arab and regional arenas, especially in confronting terrorism and the crisis of the displaced and the call to confront the US decision to adopt Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, added the daily.

Al-Joumhouria highlighted potentials of an “Iraqi aid and gift program” for Lebanon as a welcome gesture for the Lebanese president through which it will contribute to strengthening relations between the two countries, particularly at the “military and security levels.”

Source: Naharnet


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