Nov 02 2021 - 07:44

Blinken, Mikati hold “productive” meeting in Glasgow-[VIDEO]

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken dubbed the meeting held with Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Tuesday on the sidelines of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow as “productive.”
In a tweet, Blinken noted that the meeting discussed “the need to implement urgent reforms to address Lebanon’s economic crisis and to hold free and fair elections next year.”
For his part, Mikati outlined his government’s approach for achieving political, economic and social stability in Lebanon despite the difficult circumstances.
He also highlighted the extensive preparations that are being made to announce the economic plan and to start communicating with the International Monetary Fund, and he requested the US support in this regard.
Mikati also reiterated what he had conveyed yesterday to President Joe Biden of appreciation for appointing the Lebanese-born citizen of the northern city of Tripoli Sarah Minkara as US special adviser on International disability rights.
Mikati also spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding the bilateral relations between Lebanon and the United Kingdom, as well as the British role in assisting Lebanon, especially in the economic recovery process.
He also met with his Libyan counterpart Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh and discussed with him the bilateral relations.
Dbeibeh promised Mikati during the meeting that the subject of importing Lebanese apples would be given top priority.
Mikati held a meeting as well with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and discussed the bilateral relations.
He thanked Canada for embracing a large Lebanese community, while the Canadian Prime Minister praised the role that the Lebanese diaspora plays in Canada.
Furthermore, Mikati met with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, and they discussed the Palestinian situation in Lebanon. 

The Lebanese prime minister met as well with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, with whom he discussed the situation in the country, especially in south Lebanon and the existing cooperation between the army and UNIFIL forces. 

Mikati invited Guterres to visit Lebanon, while he promised to pay a visit before the end of the year.

On another note, PM Mikati toured the pavilions set up by several countries within the conference, to present their achievements in the field of renewable energy.
The Saudi pavilion was given a special attention, where he was received by Saudi ambassador to the UK Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan who explained to him the Saudi vision in the field of environment, green economy and combating climate change. 
In turn, Mikati praised the "Green Saudi Arabia" plan and the "Green Middle East initiative" announced by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Mikati also visited the pavilion of the United Arab Emirates. 
He is scheduled to hold economic meetings in the afternoon with the President of the World Bank and the Director General of the European Investment Bank. 
Mikati is also scheduled to deliver Lebanon's speech at the conference at around 5:00 PM, Beirut time.
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