The visit came at the invitation of the Australian Lebanese Foundation
Barood and Ghanem with a media delegation arrived in Sydney
(Translation of this article appears in Arabic section)
LtoR: Mr Ghanem, Prof. Ghossayn and former Minister Barood
Sydney- Middle East Times Int'l: A Lebanese delegation including former minister Ziad Barood, has arrived in Sydney for a visit last night.
The delegation was received at the airport by the President of the Lebanese-Australian Foundation Prof. Fadia Ghossayn, businessman George Ghossayn, Dr. Jamal Rifi, Mr Anwar Harb, Joseph Khoury, Camil Shalala, business and media figures .
At a press conference in the airport’s VIP lounge, Mr Barood said: "The Israeli shelling on Syria will increase tension in the region, especially in Lebanon and neighbouring countries."
In regard to Lebanese Parliament electoral law, Barood said; "If the issuance of a new system of elections occurs before next June 20, then the delay is a technical delay and will not be considered a breach of the constitution and the law, then the government will be able to implement the necessary procedures to enact the new system ."
Barood added; "but if the adoption of a new law is not agreed to before next June 20, it will lead to an extension of the current parliament, and its constitutionality will then be appealed against, except in the case where emergency security developments justified the extension".
The visit came at the invitation of the Australian Lebanese Foundation, chaired by Prof. Fadia Ghossayn.
The "Middle East Times International" welcomes the delegation and wishes them a successful
LtoR: Ms Hourani, Mr Harb, Ms Abdallah, George Ghossayn,
Ms Hindi, Mr Ghanem, Prof. Ghossayn and Minister Barood
LtoR: Joseph Khoury, Mr Anwar Harb, Fadia Ghossayn,
George Ghossayn, Marcel Ghanem, Minister Baroud and Dr. Jamal Rifi
LtoR: Betti Hindi, Susan Hourani, Marcel Ghanem,
Fadia Ghossayn and Mr Ziad Barood
During the visit, the delegation will attend a ceremony for 2013 Scholarship Presentation Dinner at Sydney University at which the NSW Premier, Barry O' Farrell MP, will be the guest speaker.