Mayor of London holds banquet in honor of Syrian President

Published December 18th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Lord Mayor of London Alderman Gavyn Arthur and Lady Mayoress Carole Blackshaw on Tuesday held a dinner banquet in honor of visiting Syrain President Bashar Al-Assad and his wife. 

 

President Assad and Mayor Arthur delivered speeches during the banquet, which was attended by the Syrian First Lady, members of the Syrian President’s accompanying delegation, members of the City Council and a number of distinguished dignitaries, according to SANA news agency.  

 

In the course of his speech, President Assad extended hope this his visit would “give us an opportunity to explore means of developing economic relations in different sectors; encouraging investments and trade, establishing a joint council for businessmen and businesswomen and strengthening contacts between the chambers of commerce and industry in Syria and Britain.” (Albawaba.com)


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