Today, Friday, 10 February 2012, Prime Minister François Fillon had a meeting at Hôtel Matignon [the Prime Minister’s official residence] with his Lebanese counterpart, Mr Najib Makati, who was paying an official visit to France at the Prime Minister’s invitation.
François Fillon talked about the relations of deep, long-standing friendship which unite France and Lebanon. The Prime Minister recalled how very important Lebanon’s unity, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity were for France.
The meeting allowed a wide-ranging exchange of views to be held on the bilateral relationship. François Fillon informed Najib Mikati that France, through the French Development Agency, was soon going to be paying the Lebanese government €30 million in the framework of implementing the Paris III agreement, in view of the recent adoption of electricity reforms in Lebanon. The Prime Minister also assured his counterpart of France’s readiness to provide her expertise in carrying out the national electricity development plan, being led by Mr Mikati.
During the meeting, UNIFIL and – an essential issue – the safety of our contingent were discussed. The Prime Minister also emphasized France’s commitment to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon continuing its work and the importance attached to cooperation between Lebanon and the STL.
Syria was also discussed. François Fillon drew attention to the efforts made by France and the international community, headed by the Arab League, to try and end the massacre of Syrian civilians. The Prime Minister has very firmly condemned the Syrian armed forces’ incursions into Lebanese territory and signalled his commitment to the protection of Syrian refugees in Lebanon./.