Aoun extends Eid well-wishes to Arab leaders, tackles general developments with Baabda interlocutors

President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, on Monday said that enabling Lebanese expatriates to vote during the last parliamentary elections back in May 2018 confirmed the importance of their participation in the Lebanese political life and enhanced communication between Lebanese residents and expatriates.

The Lebanese Diaspora Energy Conference, which begins its work sessions next Friday, is an annual meeting between Lebanese residents and expatriates, and it aims to emphasize that Lebanon is a small country but enjoys a large geographical area with its presence and role worldwide, Aoun said.

President Aoun’s words came during a meeting with a delegation from the Lebanese-Australian Chamber of Commerce headed by Fadi Al-Zouki, in presence of Australian Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires, Vanessa Lai.

Relations between Lebanon and Australia are deep and increasingly rooted in the role played by the Lebanese in Australia and those of Lebanese origin, especially those who assume government and parliamentary positions or in economic and social bodies, the President added, pushing for more efforts to develop these relations and to increase economic and trade cooperation between Lebanon and Australia despite the distance.

In turn, the Australian diplomat said that she would like President Aoun to visit Australia again and to meet with Australian and Lebanese officials. She also thanked Aoun for his keenness on bolstering relations between Lebanese and Australian citizens.

For his part, Al-Zouki briefed the President on the activities of the Lebanese-Australian Chamber of Commerce to activate economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, especially in organizing visits for trade delegations representing about 600 Australian companies interested in investing in Lebanon and enhancing trade cooperation with Lebanese businessmen.

Diplomatic Affairs also featured high on talks between the president and head of the European Union Mission in Lebanon, Ambassador Christina Lassen. Talks between both sides reportedly touched on the general situation in the country and on the existing relations between Lebanon and the EU on the political and economic levels.

Politically, President Aoun discussed the general situation with members of the “strong Lebanon” bloc, MPs Nemat Afram and Roger Azar, who thanked the President of the Republic for his “interest in the development of projects in Keserwan.

On another level, President Aoun congratulated heads of Arab and Islamic countries, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, and the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, wishing them and their peoples “peace, progress, and stability.”

Source: National News Agency