French Foreign Minster Jean Sauvagnargues and his Lebanese counterpart Fuad Naffah held talks in Beirut on Sunday (20 October) aimed at consolidating bilateral relations.
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Background: French Foreign Minster Jean Sauvagnargues and his Lebanese counterpart Fuad Naffah held talks in Beirut on Sunday (20 October) aimed at consolidating bilateral relations.
The two ministers met privately for 40 minutes and then were joined by senior officials from both sides.
M. Sauvagnargues, who arrived in Beirut on Saturday night (19 October) for a two-day official visit, also plans to hold talks with guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat to discuss the Palestine question.
Reliable sources said that during his talks with Mr. Naffah, M. Sauvagnargues declared France's support for United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Middle East, and for the rights of the Palestinian Arab people.
He is understood to have promised to support Lebanon's requests in its trade negotiations with the European Community (EEC) and to develop French aid to various Lebanese economic projects.