Friday, 29 May 2020

Aoun welcomes FBI director: Lebanon has succeeded in facing security challenges, defeating terrorism

Lebanon has succeeded in confronting the security challenges and combating terrorism thanks to the efficiency of the Lebanese Army and the support provided by friendly countries, on top of which the United States," President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun said this Friday, underlining "the importance of continued cooperation in this area, especially that the Army plays a pivotal role in the establishment of security and stability."

President Aoun met at the Baabda Palace with Head of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray, in the presence of caretaker Justice Minister Salim Jreissati, US Ambassador Elizabeth Richard, and an accompanying delegation.

"Lebanon, which has successfully defeated terrorist groups in the Bekaa mountains, and elsewhere inside Lebanon, continues to pursue sleeper terrorist cells in order to eliminate them and prevent them from carrying out any attacks against security," Aoun said.

He commended the relations between Lebanon and the United States of America, and stressed the need to activate and develop ties in all areas.

Wray expressed delight over his presence in Beirut for the first time since taking office, within the framework of the FBI's ongoing work outside the United States, focusing in his word on "providing more support and training to the Lebanese Army, which has proven a high level of efficiency in maintaining security in Lebanon and combating terrorism, an issue that remains top priority for the US administration."

Wray thanked President Aoun for "the efforts made by Lebanon to secure security and stability for American citizens on its territory." "Terrorism does not distinguish between nationality, religion or race, which makes confrontation complex and necessary."

On a different note, President Aoun received the newly-appointed British Ambassador to Lebanon, Chris Rampling, and held with him roundtable discussions on the general situation and Lebanon's position over domestic and regional developments.

Discussions also touched on Lebanese-British relations and means to bolster them in all fields.

On the other hand, the President of the Republic granted Mrs. France Majoie-le Lous, the National Order of the Cedar for (Officer Rank), in recognition of her contributions to Lebanon over the years, in particular through the generous donations she gave to the Lebanese Knights Association of Malta for the sake of helping those in need, people with disabilities and marginalized persons.

"This medal is an expression of gratitude and appreciation by the Lebanese people for all that you have done for it. Your contributions are an expression of the depth of the human feelings that you have for the country. You are a model to follow by those who seek to extend a helping hand to others and stand by those in need," said President Aoun.

Source: National News Agency

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