Swiss FM Meets with Lebanese Officials, Calling for Political Solution in Syria

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Lebanese President Michel Suleiman met on Friday, July 27, with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter at the Baabda Presidential Palace where they held talks over bilateral relations between the two countries and the latest developments regarding the situation in the Middle East.

Burkhalter voiced his country’s support for Lebanon and Suleiman’s efforts to maintain stability and prevent regional events, especially Syrian ones, from negatively affecting Lebanon.

Both Suleiman and Burkhalter said it was important for democratic change to be achieved away from violence.

On the other hand, Swiss FM Didier Burkhalter met with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri where the Syrian issue was the focus of their meeting.

Burkhalter stressed his country’s support for the political solution in Syria as the only way to end the ongoing massacre.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter:
“The situation in Syria, Switzerland has always said that only a political solution is important to find a way without a lot of suffering. A lot of suffering has existed in the last month and two days and one more day with suffering. We want to say very clearly that a peaceful political solution must be inclusive.” Burkhalter hailed Suleiman’s call for dialogue among the Lebanese leadership and different political groups.

Furthermore Burkhalter met with his Lebanese counterpart Adnan Mansour where they discussed common issues between the two countries.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: July 27, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: July 27, 2012
Length: 0:01:58
Video Size: 116 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of Lebanese President Michel Suleiman meeting with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter
2. Various shots of the meeting and the attendees
3. Various shots of Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri meeting with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter
4. Various shots of the meeting
5. Various shots of Burkhalter speaking during a press conference after meeting with Lebanese senior officials
6. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter:
“The situation in Syria, Switzerland has always said that only a political solution is important to find a way without a lot of suffering. A lot of suffering had been existed in the last month and two days and one more day with suffering. We want to say very clearly that a peace political solution must be inclusive.” 7. Various shots of Burkhalter meeting with Lebanese FM Adnan Mansour
8. Various shots of the meeting

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