Australian Defense Minister Christopher Pyne met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace Wednesday after arriving in Beirut for an official visit, according to a tweet from the Presidency.
Shortly after Aoun and Pyne met at noon and discussed bilateral relations, the Australian Minister met with Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri.
Later in the day, Pyne met with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, Lebanese Army Commander General Joseph Aoun and caretaker Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf, the state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.
Upon his arrival at Beirut’s airport, Pyne was received by representatives from Lebanon’s Defense Ministry and Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Rebekah Grindlay.
Caretaker Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf discussed a possible bilateral military agreement to support the Lebanese Army with Australian Defense Minister Christopher Pyne, who was in Beirut on an official visit.
A statement from Sarraf’s office said the potential deal would focus on training for the Army, as well as medicine for the military.
The pair also discussed exchanging intelligence, especially regarding the fight against Daesh (ISIS).
Sarraf went on to explain to his counterpart projects from the Defense Ministry related to modernizing military medicine, as well as a sustainable energy project that he said would save a significant amount of money for the military.
He noted the “important role played by Australia in restoring security and stability in the region,” and said Lebanon looked forward to further bilateral cooperation.
During his trip, Pyne also announced a gift to the Army of 10 cargo vehicles and four ambulances.
Sarraf was quoted as thanking the Minister for the donation.
Upon his arrival at Beirut’s airport, Pyne was received by representatives from Lebanon’s Defense Ministry and Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Rebekah Grindlay. Pyne left Lebanon midday Thursday.