The Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Committee met yesterday, headed by Representative Fadi Alama, and attended by Representatives: Agop Pakradounian, Nada Boustani, Wael Abu Faour, Enaya Ezz El-Din, Ali Ammar, Salim Al-Sayegh, Ali Oseiran, Adnan Traboulsi, Neamat Afram, Ibrahim Al-Moussawi, Hassan Ezz El-Din, Elias El Khoury, Nasser Jaber, Michel Douaihy, Michel Murr and Ramy Feng.
After the session, Alama clarified that the goal of the meeting, which is the first for the committee, is “setting a work methodology that means setting an agenda and work program in terms of what is required for the committee to do today in front of what we see, and what we have challenges in the matter of foreign affairs. There was almost unanimity on ideas and broad addresses to follow up in the meetings that will be held weekly,” noting that there was talk and focus on the meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdullah Bouhabib, “to fully understand from him the challenges facing Lebanon.”
He added, “There is an issue related to the laws that were previously approved and approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee, and we follow them with the Council for Development and Reconstruction, which are international agreements to serve the country.”
He continued, “We agreed to activate meetings with ambassadors and relevant international institutions in Lebanon, and to see all that could benefit Lebanon from their offerings. We agreed to activate parliamentary and economic diplomacy as well. There was talk about activating the friendship committees in the parliament to be a platform for us to communicate with the friendship committees in the outside world.”
“We focused on how to activate communication with expatriates and activate the General Directorate of Expatriates, because they were and will remain the basis for supporting this country and to complete its path forward,” he said.
He added, “The colleagues hoped that we would allocate weekly sessions to discuss topics that need dialogue, and that the committee would study these sensitive issues that exist among the Lebanese in a scientific and rational manner. We talked about activating the role of the oversight committee in the ministry, and we hear words that there are some diplomatic missions that may have some problems. How can we keep up with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that we can follow up on the problems and solve them and confirm Lebanon’s presence in all regions and countries with which we have diplomatic relations. There is insistence on holding the first meeting with His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and we are preparing an agenda for the meeting to be fruitful. He will speak on all topics related to the issues of Palestinian refugees. There was a thought about transferring UNRWA offices from Lebanon, then this path was modified, and we are interested to hear from him about this, in addition to other issues.”