Refugee Crisis on Table in Aoun's State Visit to France

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President Michel Aoun began Monday his first state visit to France and the thorny issue of Syrian refugees is expected to top the agenda of his talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Al-Joumhouria newspaper reported that Aoun will be accompanied by First Lady Nadia Aoun, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, State Minister for Presidency Affairs Pierre Raffoul, Lebanese Ambassador to France Rami Adwan, Foreign Ministry political affairs director Ghadi al-Khoury, in addition to an administrative and media delegation.

Apart from his meeting with Macron, the president will also hold talks with France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, President of the Senate Gérard Larcher, National Assembly Speaker François de Rugy, and representatives of the Lebanese expat community.

Al-Joumhouria said talks will tackle “means to strengthen political, diplomatic, security, economic and cultural ties; the situations of French and Francophone institutions operating in Lebanon; the situations of Lebanese expats in Paris; the role of French UNIFIL peacekeepers; and supporting Lebanon in the issue of returning Syrian refugees to their country.”

According to information obtained by the daily, the French president will express a “positive stance on the refugee issue, contrary to the stance of U.S. President Donald Trump.”

Comments 3
Thumb ___flamethrower___ 25 September 2017, 18:04

There will never be a First Lady like Nadia, ever!

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 25 September 2017, 19:05

This is just like 1991. Except that he has many more family members and relatives in tow and instead of being there on the French taxpayer's dime they are all part of his advisory contingent, the largest in presidential history, and they're getting payed by the Lebanese taxpayer.

Thumb whyaskwhy 26 September 2017, 00:03

Amazing day in the History of France...another Banana republic president arrives there to change history just like Mufassa the great ruler of Bongo Bongo arriving to march in triumph while the people of his nation do not have running water or basic refuse services. Yes the gimp and the taller first lady should be very proud of what they represent and a great day for France.