BEIRUT, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) — A military cooperation agreement was signed on Friday between Lebanon and Armenia, local media reported.
“We aim at creating a committee that would expand military cooperation between the two countries,” Lebanese caretaker Defense Minister Yacoub Sarraf said during meeting with his Armenian counterpart David Tonoyan.
According to the National News Agency, Sarraf said he hopes that this agreement can lead to cooperation with Armenia in other fields such as tourism, trade and culture.
When talking about the overall Lebanese situation, Sarraf pointed at the continuation of Israeli aggressions and violations.
“Lebanon is in favor of the dialogue and compromise while it has no hostile intention towards any party, but it will defend its sovereignty and rights when necessary,” he added.
Sarraf also praised the efforts of the Armenian forces operating within the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in southern Lebanon.
Meanwhile, Tonoyan said that signing of the agreement paves way for future agreements while praising the historic relations between the Lebanese and Armenian peoples.