Salam tackles developments with Grand Serail itinerants

JANUARY 27, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Prime Minister, Tammam Salam, on Tuesday tackled most recent developments at the local and regional scenes with a number of Grand Serail interlocutors, starting with National Defense Minister, Samir Mokbel.

The Ambassador of Japan, Seiichi Otsuka, also had his share of talks with the Prime Minister.

“I have relayed to his Excellency a message of peace from his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe. The message carried Japan’s request to carry out contacts and close cooperation to combat terrorism,” the Japanese diplomat said, noting that talks have also touched on Japan’s financial support for the countries affected most by the Syrian crisis, including Lebanon.

“The 200 million US dollars of Japanese aid is not in support of the military, but is rather devoted to humanitarian aid and support for infrastructure. Japan has received more recognition about its diplomatic policy towards the Middle East in general, as well as its assistance to Lebanon in particular,” the Japanese diplomat added.

Otsuka also seized the occasion to express his country’s Prime Minister’s rage against the abominable video which shows ISIS terrorists killing a Japanese hostage, demanding the immediate release of the other captured hostages.

Separately, Salam held talks with Labor Minister, Sejaan Azzi, over the governmental status “which requires more solidarity and respect for the concept of consensus.”

“The Kataeb Party is part of this government and its role is a positive and effective one. Kataeb is a force that gives impetus for governmental action, especially in the current stage where it should rally around each other,” he added.

Swiss Ambassador to Lebanon, Francois Baras, also met with Salam today over Swiss-Lebanese bilateral ties.

MP Walid Sukkarieh later visited Salam for local and regional talks.