Minister of Education and Higher Education Abbas Al-Halabi continued his visit to New York, where several bilateral meetings were held on the sidelines of the Education Transformation Summit at the United Nations building in New York.
Al-Halabi also pointed to the challenges facing the Lebanese University, stressing that “it is the only official university in Lebanon, and therefore it must be helped to continue, especially as we are on the threshold of the beginning of the new academic year.”
Minister Al-Halabi invited Saavedra to visit Lebanon to follow up on this important file.
For his part, Saavedra confirmed that he will push for greater support to help the educational sector in Lebanon through the World Bank, explaining that “the political situation and the failure to reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund makes this task more difficult.”
Within the framework of the meeting program in New York, Al-Halabi also met with the French Minister of National Education and Youth Bab Ndiaye, and they presented the educational situation in Lebanon and the difficulties it faces.
Minister Al-Halabi thanked France for the continuous support of Lebanon and the Ministry of Education, while Minister Ndiaye, for his part, stressed “France’s support and standing by Lebanon and its educational sector in these difficult circumstances.”
Al-Halabi invited his counterpart to visit Lebanon, and the two ministers agreed to sign the administrative agreement regarding educational cooperation in the education and training sectors before the end of this year in Beirut.
Minister Al-Halabi also met with the Minister of Education in the Government of Colombia, Alejandro Gaviria, and it was a presentation of the educational, economic and social situation in Lebanon, and the need to support friendly countries, including Colombia, which includes a large Lebanese community, in order to enable the Ministry of Education to implement its plan to provide education for all, and reduce the leakage.