Wednesday, 23 Sep 2020

AOUN MARKING ANNIVERSARY OF UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS SAYS WILL CONTINUE STRUGGLE UNTIL RIGHTS OF LEBANESE ARE ACHIEVED

President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, on Tuesday said that "Lebanon deserves to remain a beacon of morals and values, and a land of truth and justice", stressing the continuation of the struggle "So that the rights of the Lebanese can be established by a decent life, freedom, knowledge, and safety".

The President's stance came through his "tweet" on the occasion of the memorial of the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights", which was issued 71 years ago and co-drafted by the late Dr. Charles Malik.

The President's "tweet":

"71 years have passed since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was issued, with a Lebanese fingerprint of Charles Malik, the intellectual and politician. Today, we are more appreciative of this human value by achieving justice and equality among people. We will continue our struggle to entrench the rights of the Lebanese to live in dignity, freedom, knowledge and safety.

Our homeland deserves to remain a beacon of morals and values, and a land of truth and justice".

In addition, Baabda Palace witnessed the presentation of credentials of six accredited Ambassadors in Lebanon, who constitute a new batch of heads of diplomatic missions. They presented their credentials to the President of the Republic.

The Batch included: Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Walid Abdul Rahman Jaffal Al-Hadid, Ambassador of Japan, Takeshi Okubo, Ambassador of the Republic of Cote D'Ivoire, Tui Digbe, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Yasser Mohamed Alawi, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile, Mauricio Ugalde Bilbao, and Ambassador of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, Abdel Karim Rkaiby.

The presentation of the credentials was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Gebran Bassil, Secretary General of the Ministry, Hani Shmaitly, Director General of Protocol and Public Relations at the Presidency, Dr. Nabil Chedid, and Director of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Najla Riachi Assaker.

Upon arrival of the Ambassadors successively to the Presidential Palace, accredited ceremonies were held. The Army music played the Ambassador's country anthem while raising the country's flag in the Palace's mast, alongside the Lebanese Flag.

Afterwards, the Ambassadors saluted the flag and entered the Ambassadors' salon, accompanied by a company from the Republican Guard Brigade. Ambassadors presented their credentials to President Aoun, along with members of their accompanying missions. While the Ambassadors were leaving, the music of the Lebanese Army played the Lebanese National Anthem.

The Ambassadors conveyed, to the President, regards of their heads of States and their wishes for success in his national responsibilities, praising his efforts in strengthening relations between Lebanon and other countries.

President Aoun sent regards with the Ambassadors to their Presidents, wishing them success in their diplomatic missions.

Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Walid Abdul Rahman Jaffal Al-Hadid:

Holds a Master's degree in International Service, majoring in International Policy Analysis and Conflict Resolution, in 2009 from Washington University in the United States of America. He holds a master's degree in economics and statistics in the year 1992 from the University of Amman, and a Bachelor's degree in the same specialty from the same university in the year 1987. He fluctuated in several administrative and diplomatic positions since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of his country. He worked in the legal and political affairs departments of his country's foreign ministry between 1992-1993, before he was appointed consul in Jakarta between 1993-1997. Served in the permanent mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in New York between 1998-2003. He chaired the financial committee of the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in his country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2004-2005. He was appointed a deputy ambassador of his country in Washington between 2006-2011, before appointing an accredited ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations between 2014-2018. He was appointed as a non-resident ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Brunei and Singapore between 2014-2018, and then as a resident ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia between 2013-2018.

Japanese Ambassador Takeshi Okubo:

Graduate of the Faculty of Political and Economic Sciences, Waseda University, Japan, in 1983. He fluctuated in several administrative and diplomatic positions, where he was appointed to his country's embassy in Damascus between 1983-1986 and then between 1998-2000, and to his country's embassy in Tripoli, West between 1986-1988. He was appointed first secretary in his country's embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in September of 2006, after he was his country's representative to the Palestinian Authority in the year 2000, and then his country's ambassador for Palestinian affairs. He worked in the Middle East and Africa Affairs office of his country's foreign ministry in the year 2004, before he was appointed the first secretary of his country's embassy to the Arab Republic of Egypt in the year 2010.

Ambassador of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire Tui Digbe:

A graduate of the French Higher Institute for Textile Industries in Lyon, to whom he joined between 1976-1979. He holds a Postgraduate degree in Finance and Accounting from the Institute for Management of Financial Institutions of the University of Lyon III in the year 1983. Holds a diploma from the French National Institute of Management (ENA), Department of Diplomatic Sciences, in 1986. He held several administrative and diplomatic positions, as he was appointed in his country's embassies to Denmark and Japan, before he was appointed ambassador and assistant director for state protocol affairs in his country's foreign ministry, since 2006.

Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt Yasser Mohamed Alawi:

Holds a PhD in International Relations from the London Institute for Economics and Political Science. He was appointed a diplomatic attache in the Information and Research Administration (Arab affairs) between 1995-1997. He was appointed a third secretary in the office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs between 1997-1999, before he served as deputy consul at his country's consulate to Britain between 1999-2003.

He held the position of Senior Secretary in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, and appointed a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo between 2003-2005. He was appointed a consultant at his country's embassy in Beirut between 2005-2010, before he was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary and head of the political section in his country's embassy in Washington between 2012-2016. He held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs between 2016-2019.

Ambassador of the Republic of Chile Mauricio Ugalde Bilbao:

He holds a degree in political and social sciences. He pursued university studies at the University of Santiago's College of Law in his country from which he graduated in 1978, and the Enres Bello Academy for Diplomacy between 1989-1980, as well as at the College of Law, Political and Social Sciences of the University of Quito in Ecuador between 1991-1992. He held several administrative and diplomatic positions, where he held the position of third secretary of his country's permanent mission to the International Atomic Energy Organization and other international organizations of the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, between 1981-1985. He worked in his country's embassies in Indonesia, Ecuador, and Italy before he was appointed consul general of his country in Sao Paulo in Brazil between 2002-2003, and then in his country's embassy in Brazil between 2004-2006. He was appointed consul general of his country in Barcelona between 2008-2010, and then his country's ambassador to Venezuela between 2010-2014.

He held the position of Director of the North and Central America and the Caribbean Department in his country's foreign ministry between 2014-2015, before he was appointed his country's Ambassador to Paraguay between 2015-2019.

Ambassador of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, Abdel Karim Rakibi:

He holds a postgraduate degree specializing in national security from the Algerian National Institute for National Security Studies in 1998, and a diploma from the diplomatic branch of the National Institute of Administration (ENA) in 1985. He participated in many meetings of the joint committees, committees for following up on bilateral cooperation, and regional and international conferences. He flipped in several administrative positions, before he was appointed as a senior writer for foreign affairs, in charge of economic and cultural affairs at his country's embassy in Dar el-Salaam, between 1991-1995. He was appointed a diplomatic advisor in the Benelux Bureau between 1995-1999, and then a diplomatic advisor in charge of economic affairs at his country's embassy in Tripoli, West between 1999-2003. He held the position of Assistant Consul General in charge of Legal Affairs at his country's Consulate General in Casablanca, Morocco, between 2006-2010. He was appointed Minister Counselor at his country's embassy in Iran between 2013-2018, and then as Plenipotentiary Minister in the General Directorate of Arab Countries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of his country, between 2018-2019.

Source: National News Agency

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