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Chidiac from London underlines Lebanon’s conviction in media freedom

Minister of State for Administrative Affairs, Dr. May Chidiac, paid a few-day visit to the British capital, London, where she partook in the "Defend Media Freedom" Global Conference and met with senior British officials and dignitaries.

Opening up her meetings in London, Minister Chidiac met with the Executive Director of Communications in the UK government, Alex Aiken, discussions reportedly centering on the need to increase the dimension of communication between citizens and public administrations, in addition to the priority of administrative reform as an essential step for the advancement of the Lebanese state.

Aiken, for his part, expressed his country's readiness to support the development of the Lebanese public administration.

Chidiac later visited 'Government Digital Services' Center (GDS), where she signed on behalf of the State Ministry for Administrative Development a MOU with GDS to assist Lebanon in his journey towards digital transformation and automation of its public administrations.

Chidiac pointed out that Lebanon will benefit from the UK expertise to develop public administration and improve citizen-centric services.

The Minister also partook in a panel at the "Defend Media Freedom" Global Conference, on the issue of the safety of women journalists and defending them.

Delivering a word in the name of Lebanon, Chidiac highlighted Lebanon's belief in media freedom and advocacy of the principles of free press.

At the sidelines of the Conference, Chidiac met at the ministerial dinner banquet with the renowned Amal Alameddine Clooney.

She also signed a pledge on behalf of Lebanon to respect and safeguard media liberties as per the recommendations adopted by the Global Conference on Media Freedom.

On the other hand, Chidiac met with the Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Andrew Murisson, in the presence of Lebanon's Ambassador to the UK Rami Mourtada.

Talks reportedly touched on the current situation in the region and means of UK support to Lebanon in the various domains.

Source: National News Agency