AOUN STARTS KUWAIT VISIT TUESDAY, SEEKS SUPPORT OVER SYRIAN REFUGEE ISSUE

President Michel Aoun is set to start a two-day official visit to Kuwait tomorrow (Tuesday), upon the invitation of Emir Sabah al-Jaber al-Sabah, for talks over the bilateral relations and latest developments on the regional and international scenes.

The official delegation accompanying the President includes Ministers Gebran Bassil (Foreign Affairs), Jamal Jarrah (Telecom), Ayman Ashkar (Human Rights), and Inaya Ezzedine (Administrative Development), as well as General Security Chief General Abbas Ibrahim.

In Kuwait, Aoun is scheduled to hold talks with Prince al-Sabah, as well as with Kuwaiti Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim, Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, and officials from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

Aoun will also meet with the Lebanese Diaspora in Kuwait.

Interviewed by Kuwait’s national news agency (KUNA) on the eve of his departure, Aoun hailed the positions of the Emir of Kuwait.

“The message I carry with me to Kuwait is not different from the one I conveyed throughout the visits I had made since my election as president of the republic,” he said, stressing that his message enfolds a “genuine Lebanese wish to be open and to cooperate with everybody, within the standards that preserve each country’s rights, independence, and sovereignty.”

“My message is based on mutual love and respect, and it reflects the particularities of Lebanon which has never attacked anybody, but has always been the attacked,” Aoun added.

“What I carry with me is the image of the strong Lebanon and the determination of the Lebanese that stood in the face of the attempts targeting Lebanon’s stability, security, and unity,” he underlined.

“Lebanon and Kuwait are invited to work to prevent the exploitation of any inter-Arab conflict to end the Palestinian Cause,” he continued.

Furthermore, Aoun said: “The security of tourists is that of Lebanon. There is no need for concerns, because the security situation is composed, and our Arab brothers will find that Lebanon’s nature and the lifestyle of the Lebanese are still the same.”

“Stability is a red line that cannot be crossed, thanks to the determination of the Lebanese, the military, and the security forces,” he added.

On a different note, Aoun maintained that the Syrian refugees’ issue was “critical,” indicating that Lebanon counts on the support of Kuwait in that respect.

Source: National News Agency