The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri held a dinner tonight in honor of the Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly and the accompanying delegation, attended by formers Prime Ministers Tammam Salam and Fouad Siniora, Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani and a number of ministers, MPs and Arab ambassadors.

Hariri welcomed Madbouly and the delegation and said: “We are keen on the best relations with Egypt, and we aspire to develop them and enhance cooperation in all fields, especially in light of the crises and challenges experienced by our region.

Our meetings, which started at the level of experts two weeks ago and culminate tomorrow with the meeting of the Higher Joint Committee, have one objective: Remove the obstacles and problems facing the private sector, the Lebanese and Egyptian investors and businessmen.

In this sense, the most important decisions that we will take in our meetings will be the followup and constant communication between us to solve any obstacle facing the private sector in Lebanon and Egypt.

I welcome once again Prime Minister Madbouly and the brothers from Egypt. Your presence here today means much more than the convening of the Higher Committee, for me and for Beirut that is proud of its Arabism, which acquires its real meaning when we receive our brothers from Egypt.”

For his part, Madbouly said: It is a great honor to be in this wonderful place, the city of Beirut, beloved and admired by the Arabs and especially the Egyptians. The relation is historic and strong, on the level of the two peoples before that of the leaders. Since we arrived, we felt that we are in our country. I take this opportunity to thank my dear brother, Prime Minister Hariri, for his hospitality. I hope that the Higher committee will take resolutions in the interest of both countries, that encourage more cooperation between the private sector in Egypt and Lebanon. What is important is not just to sign memoranda, but to activate their implementation because we are very keen, at the level of the political leaderships and the peoples, to activate and deepen these economic ties.

I would like to assure you of Egypt’s full support to Lebanon, its people and government. Egypt and Lebanon are at the heart of Arabism.”