Monday, 9/12/2019 | 11:36 UTC+0
Libyan Newswire

Berri, Paraguayan counterpart ink cooperati…

NNA – House Speaker, Nabih Berri, and his Paraguayan counterpart, Hugo Velazquez, on Monday inked a protocol at Ain-el-Tineh, with a view of bolstering bilateral cooperation and reinforcing the administrative, institutional, and technical capacities at both the Lebanese and Paraguayan parliaments.

“Now that we have signed this protocol, we must seek to realize the interest of our countries and their Latin and Arab neighborhoods, as well as to translate the friendship ties practically,” Berri said in a word delivered on the occasion.

“I call the government in both countries and the competent administrations to strengthen relations between Lebanon and Paraguay on all economic, humanitarian, social, and cultural levels,” he added.

“Your visit is an occasion to highlight a special parliamentary relation with your dear country,” Berri said addressing his counterpart, underlining the importance of the so-called parliamentary diplomacy.

Noting that Lebanon was enduring problems resulting from terrorism, he also mentioned the Syrian refugees’ ordeal and the intricate issue of budget deficit and high public debt.

“However, I would like to reassure you that we managed to preserve stability of our public order, owing to the collaboration between the government and the Parliament,” he indicated, stressing that Lebanon’s stability was an Arab and international need.

“We are confident that we will overcome our problems in a way that preserves the state and its roles, and building on dialogue,” he maintained.

Berri, who did not fail to remind of the Palestinian central cause, also upped calls upon the UN to endorse a binding resolution to help dry sources funding terrorism, ceasing armament, and controlling different borders.

“From Lebanon, we call for backing a formula on political solutions to Yemen, Syria, and Libya, to be based on dialogue, and supporting the central government in Iraq.

For his part, Velazquez underscored his country’s defense of the Lebanese and Arab causes, in addition to the humanitarian causes worldwide.

“The relations between us are very deep and historic (…) we are certain that these ties will be stronger,” he said.