President Michel Aoun on Thursday met with Britain’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Secretary of State for International Development, Alistair Burt, with talks featuring focusing on bilateral ties in the wake of the UK's proscribtion of Hezbollah in its entirety.
During the meeting, Aoun told his guest that Hezbollah's expanded regional role doesn’t mean that it has the greatest influence on the Lebanese politics, saying that the party's internal role does not go beyond being a part of the Lebanese people that is represented in the government and the Parliament.
For his part, Burt voiced his country's wish to strengthen ties with Lebanon in all fields, expressing Britain's continuous support for the country and its economy.
"Ties with Lebanon will not be affected by any stance that the UK takes regarding Hezbollah," Burt was quoted as saying.
Last month, the United Kingdom's Parliament officially approved the government's decision to proscribe Hezbollah's political wing and add the party in its entirety to its terror list.