Aoun Says Lebanon Keen on Promoting Ties ahead of Visit to Kuwaitإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
President Michel Aoun is set to kick start an official visit to Kuwait on Tuesday to hold talks with Emir of Kuwait Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah and to meet with several senior Kuwaiti officials, media reports said on Monday.
In an interview with Kuwait News Agency, Aoun said: “The message I carry with me to Kuwait is no different from the ones I carried to countries I have visited since my election as president.”
“The message I carry includes a sincere Lebanese will to open up and cooperate with everyone, but within the accepted standards that safeguard each country's rights, independence and sovereignty,” he told KUNA.
The President affirmed that Lebanon is “enjoying stability. The security situation in Lebanon is stable, there is no need to be afraid," he affirmed, pointing out that the nature of Lebanon and the Lebanese style of life are still intact.
The President added: “The message is also based on affection and mutual respect and reflects the characteristics of Lebanon, which has never assaulted anyone. I also carry the strong image of Lebanon and the determination of its people who stood in the face of attempts to target and undermine its stability.”
Aoun will head a delegation comprised of Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq, Minister of Telecommunications Jamal al-Jarrah, Minister of State for Administrative Reforms Inaya Ezzedine, State Minister for Human Rights Ayman Choucair, General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim, Nabil a-Jisr head of the Council of Development and Reconstruction, said al-Joumhouria daily.
The President will hold talks with Emir of Kuwait. He will also meet the Crown Prince and Chairman of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and its Director General and members of the Lebanese community.
Aoun's original trip to Kuwait was scheduled in last November but was postponed following the shock, now-reversed, resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Riyadh.