FIA (Fédération International de
l’Automobile) President Jean Todt and FIA Vice President
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, four times winner of the Lebanon
International Rally, concluded a visit to Lebanon where they
had a meeting with President Michel Sleiman and Prime
Minister Saad Hariri.
Discussions held were focusing on the
cooperation between the government, the FIA and regional
clubs on how to promote motorsport in the Middle East and
Lebanon in particular.
The FIA Vice President briefed Mr.
Sleiman and Mr. Hariri on the International Club Conference,
particularly with issues revolving around road safety and
the protection and preservation of the environment.
The Lebanese President and Prime Minister
assured both Todt and Sulayem that the FIA and regional
clubs had their government’s full support in whatever
endeavor they chose to undertake not just in Lebanon but in
the region as a whole which could help further the cause of
the sport, safety and environment in general.
During his short trip to Lebanon, Mr.
Todt visited and was impressed by the museum of Billy Karam,
Ex-champion of Lebanon Rallyes. Billy’s museum carries a
collection of 22,222 miniature cars, and is featured in
Guinness record book.
Billy also accompanied Mr. Todt to the 12th
Lebanon Motor Show 2010 and toured all stands, introducing
him to influential personalities in the industry.