EU Ambassador Christina Lassen and Ambassadors and representatives of 13 EU Member States visited Tripoli today. The delegation met with the Governor of North Lebanon, Ramzi Nohra, and the Presidents of Tripoli and Mina Municipalities, Ahmad Kamareddine and Abdel Kader Alameddine. Discussions focused on the situation in the city and the needs of the local population. The delegation also met with the Director General of the Tripoli Free Economic Zone, Raya el Hassan, and the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli and North Lebanon, Toufic Dabboussi, and members of the Chamber, to discuss economic developments and the business climate in the city.
In their meetings, the Ambassadors underscored the EU's commitment to the security, stability, and economic growth in Tripoli and North Lebanon.
Ambassador Lassen said: "Tripoli is important for the economy and development of the North, but also for all Lebanon. The city has been through a difficult period in the past years. But as we have been able to see today during our visit, it is also a city of vast potential and is strategically well placed for growing trade and international business activities. We are happy to be here today and see that Tripoli is 'open for business'and the EU will continue to support economic development in Tripoli and the North."
The delegation also visited the port and the old souks of Tripoli. During a lunch hosted by the President of Tripoli Municipality, the delegation met the Mufti of Tripoli, the State Minister for Refugee Affairs, Members of Parliament, as well as municipal and business leaders.