Simpson on Dutch National Day: We support Lebanese Army, security forces

Ambassador of the Netherlands to Lebanon, Hester Simpson, held a reception on Wednesday evening on the occasion of the Dutch National Day at Villa Linda Sursock in Ashrafieh, in the presence of MP Ghassan Moukheiber, representing Speaker Nabih Berri, Environment Minister Mohammad Mashnouq, representing Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Minister of Information, Ramzi Jreij, Deputies Henry Helo, Ziad Qadiri and Gilberte Zwein, as well as a crowd of diplomats and ranking dignitaries.

Ambassador Simpson’s speech on the occasion dwelled on her observations of the Lebanese reality “where the needs for water, electricity, health services and employment opportunities prevail over all Lebanese regions.”

“The military developments in Syria have significantly influenced the situation in Lebanon due to the major displaced influx which exceeds Lebanon’s capacity,” she said, shedding light also on the vacuum in the presidential post.

Simpson expressed great confidence in “the Lebanese Army and the Lebanese security forces which maintain security despite the difficult circumstances.”

The Ambassador stressed the “depth of relations between the Netherlands and Lebanon on the various economic, commercial, cultural and political levels.”

Source: National News Agency

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