PRESIDENT AOUN DESCRIBES MACRON’S VISIT AS SUCCESSFUL AND USEFUL

The President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, described the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Lebanon as successful and useful, stressing that France will assist Lebanon.  He praised President Macron’s personal efforts to support Lebanon in facing the many crises that Lebanon is facing at the bilateral level, as well as at the international level.

President Macron, for his part, stressed that Lebanon will not be alone in facing difficulties, noting that France will make an active movement to push the international community to move effectively and quickly to stand by Lebanon and assist it.
He added: Strong political initiatives must be taken to combat corruption, impose transparency, and carry out reforms … in addition to addressing the lack of transparency and clarity of the banking sector, leading to a transparent accounting audit in the central bank and the banking system, launching negotiations with the World Bank, and continuing the “Cedar” agenda  .

The statements of Presidents Aoun and Macron came after the Lebanese-French summit that took place this afternoon at the Baabda Palace.
President Macron  arrived at presidential Palace, where he was received by President General Michel Aoun, and then headed to President Aoun’s office, and they held a Lebanese-French summit that lasted for about half an hour, after which the two presidents moved to the Ambassadors Hall, where they were joined by Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Dr. Hassan Diab, and the quartet meeting lasted for about thirty-five minutes, after which Presidents Berri and Diab left.  President Aoun then left his guest for a few minutes, to complete the summit talks.

Macron’s statement

After the retreat with President Aoun, which followed the quadripartite meeting, President Macron gave the following statement to the media:
“I came to Lebanon, as I have said since I arrived, and I repeated it when I just visited Beirut Port, as well as while listening to rescue and relief teams and during the time I spent in sympathy for the Lebanese people, in order to present all the feelings of solidarity of France and the French people to the Lebanese people, after the massive explosion that occurred on August 4. My thoughts go before anything else to those who died in this terrible explosion. There are among the victims, French and Lebanese who hold French citizenship. I also turn to the families of the wounded, and at the same time the buildings and the Lebanese who suffered physically and spiritually directly or through their relatives in this explosion. ”
He added: “I also came here to express the support of the French nation and people, and to provide this support to the Lebanese people. This support started with three  planes that we dispatched urgently, loaded with medical materials and relief means. Another plane will arrive after a few hours.  Carrying more help to treat about 500 wounded people. We will continue to support by all means, in addition to providing medicines, the arrival of medical assistants and specialized police forces, and the provision of food and everything that would contribute to reconstruction as soon as possible. ”
He said: “I have expressed to President Aoun our desire to stand by Lebanon with the aim of organizing swift international aid. I also want investigations to be conducted as soon as possible in a completely independent and transparent framework, in order to get to know what happened and the reasons for this bombing. It is necessary to reach a service  And beyond the explosion itself, there is a political, moral, economic and financial crisis that has been going on for several months or even years, and I listened to its resonance today through anger in the street. It is a crisis that requires strong political initiatives, and I talked about it with President Aoun  And President Berri and Diab, with a lot of openness and transparency. Indeed, strong political initiatives must be taken in order to combat corruption, impose transparency, and carry out the reforms that we know of and which were approved nearly two years ago at the Cedar Conference, to reform the energy sector and put an end to the electricity rationing that the Lebanese suffer from, in addition to addressing the lack of transparency and clarity of the banking sector, leading to a transparent accounting audit in the central bank and the banking system, launching negotiations with the World Bank, and finally continuing the “Cedar” agenda.
He concluded by saying, “I told everyone frankly that it is up to the officials of the Authority, for a sovereign people, to put these decisions into practice, and they wear an exceptional emergency to me, as they constitute the terms of a new political contract that is inevitable. I am now heading to the headquarters of the French embassy in order to meet the various political parties that I have invited to discuss together these various matters, provided that I hold a press conference after that. ”
The President of the Republic, in turn, commented to reporters on Macron’s visit, describing it as successful and useful, and stressing that France will assist Lebanon.

Joint statement following the Lebanese-French talk, at Baabda Palace.
In the context of the historical friendship between Lebanon and France, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, made an urgent visit to Lebanon on August 6, 2020, during which he was briefed on the damages caused by the catastrophe of the massive explosion that took place at Beirut port, on August 4, 2020.
The President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, received President Macron in meeting, later joined by Speaker of the Parliament, Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister, Hassan Diab.
President Aoun thanked President Macron for the humanitarian and medical assistance sent by France, and expressed his appreciation for the solidarity with Lebanon to address the impact of the devastating catastrophe and the many crises facing Lebanon, from the crisis of the massive Syrian displacement, to the economic and financial crisis, and Corona pandemic.
President Aoun praised President Macron’s personal efforts to support Lebanon in facing these crises at the bilateral level, as well as at the international level, recalling his initiative to support French-speaking schools and its primary role in organizing the Cedar Conference. President Michel Aoun also stressed the firm determination to reveal the causes of this tragedy-crime, and to impose appropriate penalties against the responsible, stressing that this is today’s priority.

For his part, President Emmanuel Macron expressed his commitment  to Lebanon and the Lebanese people, and the special place that this country enjoys with respect to France, in different political orientations. “The explosion shook France in the depth” President Macron said revealing that he was moved by what he had witnessed from the horror of the destruction which occurred in Beirut.
The French President also assured that Lebanon will not be alone in facing difficulties, expressing France’s readiness to always stand by Lebanon in difficult circumstances, indicating that France will take an active movement to push the international community to move effectively and quickly and stand by to help Lebanon, especially as Lebanon revives the First Centenary of “Greater Lebanon”, this year.
The Lebanese side affirmed commitment to pursue the march of political, economic and financial reforms to advance Lebanon in cooperation with the international community, with France at the forefront.

 

Source: National News Agency