President Sleiman visited the head of Romania’s Orthodox Church Patriarch Daniel in  Bucharest with whom he discussed the Lebanese-Romanian relations, issues of  relevance to the Orthodox community and the issue of minorities in the region. President Sleiman: “ The visit was fruitful and important as a whole, and it  establishes new and active relations with Romania at the political level to consolidate convictions between Lebanon and Romania, and Romania stood by  Lebanon’s side. 

“My visit to the Patriarch falls within the visits where we had an opportunity to  discuss minorities in the Middle, and I have  called upon  Arab States to deploy  efforts to preserve these minorities, because they are a great wealth in the Middle  East and Arab countries and that they strive to involve them in politics and  administration, and not based on the number of votes they represent but by  setting a minimum quota of representation for these communities.