Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab, right, with Armenian Defense Minister David Tonoyan

Lebanese Defense Minister Visits Armenia


YEREVAN (Armenpress) — A delegation led by Minister of National Defense of Lebanon Elias Bou Saab arrived in Yerevan on September 19 on an official visit.

Following the official welcoming ceremony, the Lebanese and Armenian Defense Ministers met on September 20, which continued in an expanded format with the participation of the delegations.

Greeting Elias Bou Saab, Armenian Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan praised the high-level cooperation between Armenia and Lebanon and the friendly relations between the two peoples oblige the governments to develop cooperation also in the sphere of defense. Tonoyan highlighted the ratification of the agreement on defense cooperation signed in Beirut in November 2018, which will give new opportunities for the partnership in the sphere of defense.

Tonoyan presented the goals of the Armenian humanitarian mission in Syria. Bou Saab saluted Armenia’s humanitarian mission in Syria, noting that such missions are aimed at the establishment of peace.

He also thanked Armenia for the participation in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon.

During the visit he met with President Armen Sarkissian, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. Bou Saab will also visited the Armenian Genocide memorial complex and Mother See of Holy Echamiadzin.

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Pashinyan saluted the visit of the Lebanese Defense Minister to Armenia and recalled his own visit to Lebanon in 2018.He noted that the two peoples are linked with centuries-old friendship and a vital Armenian community is present in Lebanon.

During the meeting the two exchanged views on strengthening partnership in defense spheres, exchange of experience, implementation of joint projects, referred to international and regional security challenges.

During his meeting with Mnatsakanyan the Armenian-Lebanese Inter-Governmental Commission session was discussed, which is expected to boost the outlining of prospects for enhancing cooperation in the defense, political, cultural, tourism, IT, agriculture and numerous other sectors.

He and his wife participated on September 21 in the events dedicated to the 28th anniversary of the independence of Armenia in Gyumri.


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