Senate Chairman: Romania and Lebanon have to cooperate in an economic partnership

Romania and Lebanon have to cooperate in a real economic partnership in which Lebanon to become an entry gate for the entire Middle East, including in the Gulf area while Romania, for its part, to become an entry gate to the European market, Chairman of the Senate, Mircea Geoana, leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD, in the ruling coalition) told on Friday.

Chairman of the Senate Mircera Geoana has paid a one-day visit to the Republic of Lebanon at the invitation of counterpart, Nabih Berry, chairman of the National Assembly.

On this occasion Mircea Geona was received by president of Lebanon, Michel Sleiman and had meetings with PM of the transition cabinet, Fouad Siniora, with designated PM, Saad Hariri and with Nabih Berry.

‘I had also an extremely warm meeting with metropolitan bishop of Beirut, Elias Audeh, to whom I conveyed a message from Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

I was confirmed, on this occasion, the intention of having a Romanian church for the Romanian community of Lebanon. I had also had an extremely warm meeting with representatives of the Romanian community of Lebanon at the headquarters of the Romanian embassy.

Thus, I received recommendations of Romanian graduates not only from Lebanon but from the entire Middle East and Africa – an important resource scantly used by today’s Romania,’ said Chairman of the Senate.

The official talks focused mainly on the dimension of the bilateral relationship.
‘The bilateral ties have forged. I discussed and established with the Lebanese authorities the development of an economic partnership between Romania and Lebanon.

Another topic approached during the bilateral talks referred to the situation of the Middle East and the peace process.

‘There’s a cautious optimism pertaining to the way in which the American administration, the European Union and regional players are involving in this complex process.

We stressed on this occasion Romania’s experience in bilateral and even multilateral negotiations and Romania received a transparent invitation to resume a certain role adjusted to the new realities.

Certainly, Romania enjoys untouched prestige from a diplomatic viewpoint and this has to be materialised,’ said the Senate’s president.

On his visit to Lebanon, the official of the Romanian Parliament pointed to President Basescu’s visit to Lebanon and made an invitation to the President of Lebanon Michel Sleiman, and to Chairman of the Lebanese Assembly to visit Romania next year.

According to leader of social democrats, Mircea Geona, the visit to Lebanon will give an impetus to bilateral ties between the two countries.
‘I do not conceal that the visit was also aimed at identifying additional financial resources for the Romanian economy.

Lebanese business people are a hinge element for the financial interest which, in this moment of crisis of liquidities and investments might be a support for the Romanian economy and this should happen in other areas which overcome the crisis successfully.

Lebanon hasn’t felt the global crisis due to a cautious fiscal and bank policy,’ said the Senate’s chairman.

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