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Aoun pledges Lebanon will be back in top positions

President of the Republic General Michel Aoun said "what we are currently doing on the economic level will bring Lebanon back to the best position in the Middle East."

He noted that "citizens will not realize the importance of these measures until they have touched their positive results."

"Lebanon is ahead of a very promising tourist season this year thanks to a better security in it than in Europe," the president said during a his meeting at the Baabda Palace this Tuesday with a delegation from the Lebanese Ophtalmologists Syndicate.

"A lot of changes are beginning to emerge; there are protests and complaints by the citizens, but had we not followed this path, we would have reached the bottom of the abyss," said Aoun. "We are buying from abroad and not producing anything, while production is the basis of the economy. Hence, what we did was necessary, and citizens will not realize its importance until they see its positive outcomes, soon."

On a different note, the President of the Republic tackled with Minister of Displacement Affairs, Ghassan Attallah, his ministry's plan of action "to finalize the return of displaced persons and close the file."

"Since I took over the Ministry of Displaced, and in implementation of the ministerial statement, a working team was formed to conduct a comprehensive survey and examine the files of each village and town separately. Based on this, measures have been set and dossier referred to the Displaced Fund for disbursement of Funds," he said.

Diplomatically, President Aoun received the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Lebanon, Bertrand Besancenot, accompanied by the President of the Lebanese Association of the Knights of Malta, Marwan Sahnaoui, and the Advisor at the Order's Embassy in Beirut, Francois Abi Saab.

The meeting touched on the organization's work in Lebanon through its centers across Lebanese regions. The ambassador tackled the upcoming official visit to Lebanon by Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of, Fra' Giacomo Dalla Torre del Cambio de Sanguineto, on November 4 to hold talks with Lebanese officials and inspect the organization's centers and health and humanitarian activities.

Ambassador Besancenot also invited President Aoun to attend the annual Mass to be held by the organization marking Saint John the Baptist feast on June 24 at St. Joseph's Church of the Jesuit Fathers on Mono Street in Beirut.

Source: National News Agency