Aoun receives Shoukry and Derian, pledges to fully implement oath

President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, highlighted “the strength of the Lebanese-Egyptian relations and the necessity of enhancing them in all fields.”

During his meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the Baabda Palace, Aoun relayed thanks to his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for the invitation he sent him to visit the Arab Republic of Egypt, promising to do so the soonest possible.

During the meeting attended by foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, Aoun said “Lebanon has overcome the difficult conditions it experienced and it is now regaining its role and presence, based on the convergence achieved among the Lebanese factions and their rallying around the oath.”

“We are working on anchoring this sense of understanding, and we consider that each country that achieves rooted stability must be supportive to others,” the President said, hoping to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis “with what it brings along of positive impacts, especially in terms of the tragedy of displaced Syrians.”

The Egyptian minister conveyed to Aoun the greetings of President Sisi, and handed him a written message which dwelled on Egypt’s confidence in the new mandate and in its ability to lead the country to further progress and stability. The letter also highlighted the deep-rooted Lebanese-Egyptian ties and the importance of working hand-in-hand in favor of Arab causes and against all challenges.

In the wake of the meeting, minister Shoukry told reporters “my visit is an affirmation of the close relationship between the two countries and a proof of Egypt’s interest in Lebanon’s affairs, mainly in the election of President Aoun and the return of stability.”

“We see in Lebanon an important basis for Arabism and for maintaining common interests in the Arab Orient. We face common challenges, better, through cooperation, solidarity and harmony,” he asserted.

Separately, the President of the Republic received Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, on top of a delegation from the Council of Muftis who congratulated him on his election.

During the meeting, Derian expressed hope “that the era of President Michel Aoun would achieve the aspirations and hopes of the Lebanese people,” stressing the need for a strong, capable, free, sovereign and independent State protected by the Lebanese Army.

“We look forward to cooperating with you and with Prime Minister-designate, Saad Hariri, and we are confident that you will manage the State’s affairs with wisdom, knowledge and transparency,” he concluded.

In turn, President Aoun thanked the mufti and his accompanying delegation and pledged to implement the oath to the fullest.

“We will overcome the obstacles that may face us in collaboration with everyone. Our hands are outstretched to everyone to cooperate and achieve what we see necessary in the interests of all the Lebanese,” Aoun said.

On a different note, Ambassadors of Switzerland, Brazil, Australia, Denmark, Norway, Sri Lanka, Britain and Bangladesh visited the Baabda Palace today to submit their credentials to the President of the Republic.

Source: National News Agency

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