Lebanon's president to visit Paris

Other News Materials 14 March 2009 14:41 (UTC +04:00)

Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman will head a government delegation on a three-day visit to France next week, a Lebanese government source said Saturday.

Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh, Interior Minister Ziad Baroud and Economy and Trade Minister Mohammad Safadi will be among those accompanying Suleiman, who will meet with President Nicolas Sarkozy, reported dpa.

Suleiman is due to address a dinner hosted by Sarkozy and also address the French Senate and the Lebanese community in Paris.

Baroud is expected to sign cooperation agreements with his French counterpart, Michele Alliot-Mari.

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Eric Chevalier said Friday that "France wants to pledge through this visit its full support to the Lebanese state and to Suleiman, especially after the launching of the Lebanese national dialogue," among rival factions in the country.

Lebanon is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections on June 7, during which a heated race will take place between the Western-backed anti-Syrian majority and the pro-Syrian Hezbollah-led opposition.