Sweden princess visits Lebanon to boost ties

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-18 02:36:59|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BEIRUT, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden said on Wednesday that Sweden is looking forward to boosting ties with Lebanon and working on achieving sustainable development in the country, Lebanon's presidency website reported.

Victoria's remarks came during her meeting at Baabda Palace with Lebanese President Michel Aoun with the aim of discussing ways of strengthening relations between the two countries.

Victoria arrived on Wednesday in Lebanon on a three-day official visit accompanied by her husband Prince Daniel Westling and Swedish officials from the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Aoun praised the efforts made by Sweden in achieving sustainable development and helping people all over the world.

He also emphasized the deep relations between the two countries while adding that Victoria's visit to Lebanon will boost further these ties.

Aoun called upon Sweden to help Lebanon in its efforts to secure a safe return of Syrian refugees to their homeland.

Meanwhile, Victoria praised Lebanon's efforts in supporting Syrian and Palestinian refugees during the past few years.

"Sweden is cooperating with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and it supports the voluntary and safe return of Syrian refugees to their country," she said.

Victoria and the Swedish delegation were set to attend a dinner on Wednesday hosted by Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri.

During her visit, Victoria will visit Yarmouk schools of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Beirut's downtown and Beiteddine.