Riachy meets Saudi counterpart, pins great hope on expanding media industry

Information Minister, Melhem Riachy, currently on an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, met on Tuesday with his Saudi counterpart, Dr. Adel Al-Tarifi. Talks between the pair reportedly focused on the media sector in both countries, and on the best means to bolster this sector at different levels.

“We had a very special meeting by all means. It was a great opportunity to discuss standing issues between Lebanon and the KSA, which are now headed towards a radical solution,” Riachy said on emerging in response to a question on Tarifi’s views concerning Lebanon and its media sector.

“We also discussed the existing relations between the Lebanese and Saudi Ministries of Information and broached the best means to boost these relations based protocols that are expected to see the light real soon,” he added.

In turn, the Saudi Minister hailed the Lebanese President’s KSA visit as an attempt to boost the historically existing relations between Lebanon and the KSA.

“There’s an existing will by both sides to augment relations at the economic, developmental, and other levels. Both sides are also keen on beefing up agreement over regional issues that concern both countries,” Al-Tarifi added.

“The visits that President Aoun is currently paying to different Gulf and Arab countries are of significant importance, not to mention an important message for all sides. I think we will touch tangible progress by the end of this day,” the Saudi Minister said, hoping that the year 2017 will witness good bilateral ties between both countries.