President Traian Basescu started on Wednesday a two-day visit to Lebanon. Yesterday, before his departure, the president noted that one of the purposes of his visit was to balance the attention Romania gives to Syria and Lebanon.
Agerpres news agency reports the head of state also indicated that the objective of his trip to Lebanon was to reconsolidate relations between Romania and countries of the Middle East. ‘My visit to Lebanon is part of our programme of reconsolidation of Romania’s relations with countries of the Near East and is intended to send out a signal to the Arab world about our position on the situation in the Middle East, in Iran and also to bring Romanian solutions to restore a climate of peace in the region’, Basescu said in a statement on the ‘Henri Coanda’ Airport before departure.
Basescu and his wife were welcomed yesterday evening at the Baabda Palace in Beirut, by the Lebanese President, General Michel Sleiman.
After the official ceremony, the two presidents had tête-à-tête talks. The Romanian delegation was to sign an agreement regarding the mutual promotion and protection of the investments.
The president will also see the prime-minister and the speaker of the Parliament. Traian Basescu will also meet with members of the Romanian community, as well as with businesspeople in Lebanon.