Lebanon keen to benefit from Pakistan’s CPEC experiences

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 2 (APP): The government of Lebanon has
expressed its keen desire to learn and benefit from Pakistan’s
experience in materializing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
(CPEC) project and its on-ground implementation.
The interest to this regard was shown in a meeting of Chairman
Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and
Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri,according to press statement
received here from the Embassy of Pakistan Beirut.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed was on the visit of Lebanon on
the invitation of the Lebanese Government from September 29-30, it
added.
According to the statement, Mushahid Hussain called on Prime
Minister Saad Hariri and two leaders fondly recalled the evolution
of friendly relations between the two countries over the past two
decades as well as the significant support extended by both the
countries to each other at the time of adversities.
Prime Minister of Lebanon showed his interest to attract
Chines investment for the ongoing up-gradation of the Tripoli Ports
as well as the Tripoli Special Economic Zones (TSEZs) in Lebanon.
The Senator highlighted various aspects of the CPEC and
extensive discussions were held, covering different dimensions of
the Lebanese interest.
Acknowledging the fraternal affinity between Pakistan and
Arab, Senator Mushahid Hussain reminded of the late Prime Minister’s
visit to Pakistan in March 1997 to express Lebanon’s solidarity on
the golden jubilee celebration of Pakistan Resolution.
As a gesture of close friendship, Prime Minister Hariri hosted
a lunch for Senator Mushahid at his private residence in Beirut.
Discussion on the occasion covered a range of subjects of
mutual interest including bilateral relations and the situation
inside and around Lebanon.
The Senator later travelled to Tripoli, Lebanon’s second
largest city, where he was given briefings on the Rachid Karami
international Fair Port up-gradation and Tripoli Special Economic
Zone projects.
He was taken around the sites and shown the progress of the
projects implementation.
He interacted with a number of senior government
functionaries, parliamentarians and private sector representatives
while in Lebanon.
Science prime Minister Saad Hariri assumed his office in
November 2016, this was the first visit from Pakistan.