New Delhi, Aug. 12 (ANI
): Minister of State for External Affairs M. J. Akbar
will be on an official visit to Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq from August 17 to 23 to strengthen bilateral ties
with the West Asia
Briefing media in New Delhi yesterday, Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Akbar's visit to these countries is a reaffirmation of deep interest in promoting bilateral relations and in the peace and security in the region.
In Lebanon, the minister is expected to meet top leadership of the country.
He is scheduled to have extensive discussions with the Prime Minister of Lebanon
, Tammam Salam and bilateral interaction with the Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berry apart from other dignitaries, academics and intellectuals.
In his discussions with the Lebanese leadership, he will cover bilateral, regional, and international issues of mutual interest.
In Syria, Akbar will pay a call on the President of Syria
Bashar Al Assad and Prime Minister Emad Mohammed Deeb Khamis.
The discussions would focus on bilateral cooperation and the unfolding security situation in the region.
During his visit to Iraq, the minister will hold discussions with the Foreign Minister of Iraq
, on various issues of mutual interest.
The visit is expected to add further impetus to bilateral engagement. (ANI