Denmark's Ambassador to Lebanon Merritt Joel pointed Saturday to the annual assistance extended by her country to the Lebanese community hosting the displaced Syrians on its territory.
"Denmark is one of the countries that have provided assistance in Lebanon and Jordan since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, whether in cooperation with the United Nations organizations or with Danish institutions, and I made field visits to many Lebanese areas," said Joel.
"We are committed to helping displaced Syrians, while at the same time Denmark provides $39 million in aid to the Lebanese host community. Supporting Lebanese women's empowerment programs is a priority," she emphasized.
Joel's words came during her tour in Baalbek this morning at the invitation of the First Secretary of the Union of Tourism Syndicates in Lebanon, Ehab Raad, and his wife, Nabila. Joel had the chance to visit the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, the Church of Saints Barbara and Takla, the Baalbek Archaeological Castle and the Great Umayyad Mosque, in addition to exploring the city's many attractions on foot.
"I am very pleased to be here today in the beautiful city of Baalbek, and delighted at the interesting and important dialogue that I had with the people I encountered...The purpose of the visit is to build friendly relations between Denmark and the region of Baalbek, for there are possibilities for joint cooperation in several fields," said the Danish diplomat.
Asked about the possibility of deeming the region of Baalbek as a "green zone" by the Embassy of Denmark, and thus allowing its citizens to visit it regularly, the Ambassador replied: "Certainly, the proof is that I will invite Danish guests to visit Baalbek."
In turn, Union Head Raad welcomed the Danish Ambassador and said, "We salute the efforts of the Governor of Baalbek-Hermel Bashir Khodr, which resulted in the classification of many European embassies of Baalbek as a green zone, after making sure it is safe and receives tourists and visitors of all nationalities with love and warm hospitality."
Source: National News Agency