Tuesday, June 22

Aoun congratulates Lebanese on Eid al Adha

President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, on Monday extended greetings to the Lebanese, in general, and the Muslims, in particular, on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, hoping the Eid would bring about further peace and prosperity.

President Aoun urged the Lebanese to be inspired by the significant meaning of Al-Adha Eid through placing the country's supreme interests above any other narrow or personal calculation.

Aoun said "the current circumstances surrounding Lebanon and the countries of the region oblige us to unite efforts to enable Lebanon to face looming challenges and meet deadlines, most notably the formation of a new government."

The President Aoun cabled heads of Arab and Islamic countries congratulating them on al-Adha Eid, wishing them further safety, stability and prosperity.

On the other hand, Aoun tackled with his interlocutors at the Baabda palace most recent political developments, including the path of the new government formation.

Aoun welcomed outgoing British Ambassador to Lebanon, Hugo Shorter, who came on a farewell visit upon the end of his diplomatic mission in the country.

The visit was an occasion to dwell on the general situation on the domestic and regional arena, in addition to the bilateral ties.

Aoun hailed Ambassador Shorter's significant efforts during his diplomatic term in Lebanon to bolster and strengthen Lebanese-British relations in all fields, wishing him success in his new mission.

Afterwards, Aoun welcomed at the Baabda palace Lebanon's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Amal Mudallali, with whom he discussed preparations for the Lebanese delegation to be headed by Aoun at the UN General Assembly session on September 22.

Discussions also touched on the ongoing deliberations in New York for the extension of the mandate of the international forces in south Lebanon, as well as other diplomatic topics.

The Head of State later met with Lebanon's Ambassador to Armenia, Maya Dagher, with whom he discussed preparations underway for his participation in the upcoming Francophone Summit to be held in Yerevan on 11 and 12 October.

Aoun also met with Lebanon's Ambassador to Syria, Saad Zakhia, with whom he discussed the displaced Syrians' dossier and the Lebanese-Syrian bilateral relations.

Among Aoun's itinerant visitors for today had been MP Estefan Doueihy, and State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud.

Source: National News Agency