Lebanon, Bulgaria share Syria vision

Published November 13th, 2012 - 11:03 GMT

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati has recently paid an official visit to Bulgaria, where he said that Lebanon's position is dictated by the need to preserve the stability and security of the country.

During the meeting he held talks behind closed doors with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov. Following these, he said during a joint press conference the policy adopted by his government is to distance itself from the Syrian conflict. "The Prime Minister Borissov expressed his support for this policy, as well as security and stability in Lebanon," Mikati said.

Speaking about the anti-Israeli attack that hit Bulgaria's Bourgas airport in July, the Bulgarian Prime Minister assured that Sofia "refuses to accuse anyone until we have evidences." He declined to comment on the Israeli accusations against Lebanon's Hizbullah. "The purpose of this meeting is to discuss bilateral relations between our two countries. What matters at this level is that Lebanon remains a stable country and that the conflict in Syria does not spread there," he said.

It should be mentioned that Boyko Borissov met a Russian lobbyist in Damascus just hours after his recent meeting with Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu. This raises questions about his integrity and geopolitical orientation. In addition, hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in the Belene project for no visible result.

In any case, following Mikati's talks, an enlarged meeting followed between the Lebanese delegation and Bulgarian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Economy, Tourism and Energy, Agriculture, Transport and Information. The Lebanese delegation was composed of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Adnan Mansour, Social Affairs, Wael Bou Faour, Environment, Nazem al-Khoury and Industry Vrej Sabounjian and Lebanon's ambassador to Sofia Micheline Abou Samra.

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