Archbishop of Baalbek-Deir El-Ahmar region, Hanna Rahme, received on Saturday Australian Minister of Municipalities in Victoria, of Lebanese origin, Marilyn Tony Keirouz, who visited him at the Maronite Archdiocese in the presence of "Strong Republic" Parliamentary Bloc Member, MP Antoine Habshi, and Deir El-Ahmar Municipalities Union Head Jean Fakhry, and several other dignitaries from the region.
In his welcoming word, Archbishop Rahme expressed Lebanon's pride in having such successful emigrants in their countries of residence abroad. He commended Minister Keirouz for her political achievements and position as an Australian cabinet minister and member of parliament while maintaining her loyalty to her roots and mother language, and continues to encourage foreigners to visit Lebanon.
In turn, MP Habshi considered that the Lebanese Diaspora is fundamental and essential for Lebanon, especially that Lebanese emigrants hold their mother country in their hearts and minds and never forget their roots.
He hoped that "this interactive relationship between Lebanese expatriates and their motherland will be preserved and that this communication will remain within a practical program that is beneficial to the region and to our people in Lebanon, Australia and all the countries of the Lebanese Diaspora."
For her part, the Australian Minister expressed her joy to be visiting Lebanon for the first time and enjoying its natural beauty and the warm hospitality of its people and family.
"I wish all the best for the region of Deir El-Ahmar and Archbishop Rahme, who is distinguished by his vitality and development aspirations, and certainly the Lebanese community in Australia will not hesitate to help our Archdiocese...The people of the community are generous and love to see their country Lebanon flourish and develop," Keirouz asserted.
Source: National News Agency