Lebanese PM calls for broader cooperation with China under Belt and Road Initiative
10 Apr 2017



Speaking at a Silk Road conference in Beirut, Prime Minister Hariri said that as a country connecting the east to the west, Lebanon has long been a friend and trading partner of China.


Hariri said that he believes there is a huge potential in bilateral trade.  


The Prime Minister also witnessed three agreements signed between Lebanese and Chinese enterprises.


China is the biggest trading partner of Lebanon. Bilateral trade reached more than 2.1 billion US dollars last year.


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BEIRUT, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Thursday that the Belt and Road Initiative could lead his country down the road of "hope, stabilization and development."


Hariri was speaking at the opening of a Belt and Road conference held in the capital Beirut.


The conference was organized by the Fransbank Group and the Silk Road Chamber for International Commerce.


Hariri also lauded the Chinese-Lebanese relations, calling for joint efforts by private and public sectors in the two countries to promote bilateral relations.


Put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along and beyond the ancient Silk Road trade routes.