Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations will travel to Lebanon on Monday 26– Tuesday 27 March to reiterate the EU's firm commitment to support the country's socio-economic development and prosperity. He will meet with key political authorities of the country including President Michel Aoun, and Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Ahead of the visit commissioner Hahn said: "I am looking forward to visiting Lebanon again. Our focus is on how to attract investments into Lebanon to stimulate jobs and growth. This will be the topic of my meetings with the government and other economic actors. Lebanon is a key long-term partner of the European Union and we are deploying all our instruments to help support the county's socio-economic development. We commend Lebanon's huge contribution in hosting Syrian refugees, and it is crucial that the protection of refugees continues. On the 24 and 25 April we will host the Brussels II Conference in support of Syrian refugees but also of their host countries, including Lebanon."
In Lebanon, Commissioner Hahn will also speak at an event underlining the importance of Higher Education for Lebanese students and Syrian refugees, he will visit EU funded projects in Tripoli, and EU-supported activities for Palestine refugees in Lebanon.