Hariri Arrives in Cairo on Two-Day Official Visit


Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived Tuesday in Cairo on a two-day official visit during which he is scheduled to meet with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Prime Minister Sharif Ismail, his press office said.

Hariri, who arrived at 5:00 pm, will also meet with a number of senior Egyptian officials and will chair the Lebanese delegation in a meeting for the Higher Lebanese-Egyptian Committee, the office added.

The premier was welcomed at the airport by Egyptian PM Ismail, Egypt's Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr, Commerce and Industry Minister Tareq Qabil, Egypt's ambassador to Lebanon Nazih Naggari, Lebanon's charge d'affaires in Cairo Antoine Azzam and a number of top officials.

According to Lebanon's al-Joumhouria newspaper, Hariri will also meet with Coptic Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar.

Hariri is accompanied by an official delegation comprising Deputy PM and Minister of Health Ghassan Hasbani and the ministers Marwan Hamadeh (Education), Ghazi Zoaiter (Agriculture), Ali Hassan Khalil (Finance), Nouhad al-Mashnouq (Interior), Ghattas Khoury (Culture), Youssef Fenianos (Public Works and Transport), Cesar Abi Khalil (Energy and Water, Raed Khoury (Economy and Trade), his chief of staff Nader Hariri and the heads of press and editors syndicates Aouni Kaaki and Elias Aoun.