PM Siniora receives an invitation from Kouchner to attend Kuwait conference

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PM Siniora receives an invitation from Kouchner to attend Kuwait conference

Post by Admin on Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:17 pm

Prime Minister Fouad Siniora received a phone call from French Foreign
Minister Bernard Kouchner inviting him to the ministerial meeting
dedicated to discussing the Lebanese crisis on the sidelines of the
Iraq Neighboring States Conference in Kuwait, which France organized.

Siniora has discussed the invitation with all cabinet ministers, and
they decided that Acting Foreign Minister Tarek Mitri and Siniora’s
advisor, Dr. Mohammed Chattah, will participate in the meeting.

Siniora called Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir, Malkite Patriarch
Gregorius Lahham III, Beirut Metropolite Orthodox Bishop Elias Awdeh
and Zahle Catholic Bishop Andre Haddad to discuss the conference and
other events with them.

ministers of countries neighboring Iraq, the five permanent members of
the UN Security Council and the remaining G8 industrial nations, will
discuss the situation in Iraq at the conference on Tuesday.

France confirmed the absence of Syria and Iran from the “informal meeting” on Lebanon to be held in Kuwait.
reported spokeswoman for the French Foreign Ministry Pascal Andreanie
as saying that the scheduled meeting would include representatives from
Germany, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, United States,
Jordan, Italy, Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and Russia
in addition to European representative Javier Solana and Secretary
General of the Arab League Amr Moussa.

Andreanie said a representative of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was also to attend.

the possibility of a meeting between French Foreign Minister Bernard
Kouchner and his Syrian counterpart Walid Mouallem, Andreanie said
Kouchner would meet with Mouallem on the occasion of the meeting on
Iraq which joined FMs or FM representatives from 23 countries.


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