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Berri meets Italy’s Defense Minister, Bukhari

House Speaker, Nabih Berri, on Monday hailed the "strong and historic ties between Lebanon and Italy," branding these relations as "growing at all levels."

Speaker Berri's words on Monday came during his meeting with visiting Italian Defense Minister, Elisabetta Trenta, at the top of a military delegation headed by Italian Defense Chief-of-Staff General Claudio Graziano.

Italian Ambassador to Lebanon, Masimo Maruti, was also present during the meeting.

Minister Trenta arrived in Beirut this afternoon on a two-day official visit to Lebanon. She is the first Italian official to visit Lebanon since the new Italian government was formed on June 1, 2018.

Speaker Berri praised Italy's active role within UNIFIL forces in southern Lebanon, welcoming the appointment of an Italian commander of these forces. He also heaped praise on the existing cooperation between Lebanon and Italy in the various spheres.

The Italian Minister, for her part, underlined the distinguished relations between the two countries and Italy's constant readiness to assist Lebanon and put into action the outcome the recent Rome and CEDRE conferences.

Earlier, Berri welcomed at his residence Saudi Minister Plenipotentiary Charge d'Affaire, Walid Bukhari, with whom he discussed current developments and the bilateral relations.

Among Speaker Berri's itinerant visitors for today had been Samir Hamoud, the head of Banking Control Commission in Lebanon.

Source: National News Agency