President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, on Wednesday welcomed at the Baabda palace Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Bukhari, who conveyed to him the condolences of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, and Crown Prince Prince, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, upon the loss of foemr Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir.
Speaking in the wake of the visit, Ambassador Bukhari stressed on behalf of the Saudi leadership the importance of Patriarch Sfeir as one of the most important pillars of peace and coexistence in Lebanon and the world.
“I wished the President of the Republic health, and I wished Lebanon further stability,” Bukhari said.
Ambassador Bukhari also noted that the Saudi leadership had tasked him to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the funeral of late Sfeir in Bkerke tomorrow.
It is worth-mentioning that the Lebanese flag was flown at half mast at the presidential palace, in mourning of the late Patriarch Sfeir.
On the other hand, President Aoun followed up on the current deliberations over the state budget draft of 2019.
In this framework, Aoun received a delegation of the Association of Retired Military Officers, chaired by General Osman Osman, who raised with him issues related to the military men, notably those related to retirees.
On emerging, Gen. Osman said that it was not permissible to deduct 3 percent of the state’s medication coverage.
In turn, Aoun confirmed his commitment to preserve the rights of the military, whether in active duty or retirees.
Later, the head of state met with the renowned Lebanese artist, Abdul Halim Caracalla, with an accompanying delegation representing his band, who briefed the President on the band’s concerts to be performed in the United States of America upcoming June, namely in North Carolina and Washington.
Addressing the delegation, Aoun hailed Caracalla’s distinguished art work that reflects the real cultural facet of history and its civilization.
Source: National News Agency