On the 78th occasion of independence, President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, will address the Lebanese, at eight o'clock tomorrow evening, Sunday, through the audio-visual media, in which he will tackle the current situation in the country and Lebanon's position on latest developments.
On the occasion, President Aoun received several congratulatory telegrams from kings and presidents of a number of countries in the world, most notably from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Spain's King Felipe VI, Morocco's King Mohammed VI, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, and the Greek President Katrina Sakellaropoulou, President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, and President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Queen Elizabeth's telegram:
The telegram of Queen Elizabeth stated: "On the occasion of the Lebanese Republic's celebration of Independence Day, I would like to extend to you, and through you to the Lebanese people, my warmest congratulations. I hope that, after a year of difficulties, we will work together to achieve steady progress that contributes to achieving better future days in Lebanon”.
Telegram of the King of Spain:
The telegram of the King of Spain stated: "On the occasion of the celebration of the National Day, I extend from Your Excellency the most heartfelt congratulations from myself, the Spanish government and the Spanish people”.
Telegram of the King of Morocco:
The telegram of the King of Morocco stated: "I am pleased to renew to Your Excellency the extent of my appreciation for the bonds of brotherhood and solidarity that unite our two countries, assuring you of my insistence to continue working together to enrich our bilateral relationship and raise it to the level of the aspirations of our two brotherly peoples.
Telegram of the Iranian President
And the Iranian president’s telegram stated: “We are fully confident that Lebanon will remain, as we have always known, a safe, stable and developing country, thanks to your care and the efforts of officials and the enthusiasm of the Lebanese people. I assure you that the Islamic Republic of Iran, as it has always been, will spare no effort for the sake of the consolidation of bilateral relations within the framework of the mutual interests of the two friendly countries.
Telegram of the Italian President:
The Italian president’s telegram stated:
“At this extremely difficult time, which has been compounded by the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, I am pleased to renew to you Italy’s support for the stability and safety of Lebanon, as our country has continuously demonstrated, especially through its participation in the “UNIFIL” forces in the south. We hope that the new government will undertake the task of carrying out the necessary reforms in order to revive the economy in line with the aspirations of the Lebanese people”.
Telegram from the President of Greece
The telegram from Greek President Sakellaropoulou stated:
"The relations between our two countries have been based since history on mutual respect and trust, and I take this opportunity to assure that Greece stands in solidarity with the friendly Lebanese people in these difficult moments they are facing.
Chinese President's Telegram
The Chinese president said:
"Sino-Lebanese relations have witnessed steady development in recent years. We celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Lebanon. I attach great importance to the development of China-Lebanon relations, and am ready to make joint efforts with your Excellency to advance friendly relations, and cooperation between the two countries to achieve further development, in the interest of both countries and peoples.
German President's Telegram:
The German President's telegram stated: "Your country continues to face great challenges, including overcoming the ongoing economic and financial crisis. I was reassured when I received the news of the recent formation of a government in your country. I also hope that the Special Drawing Rights of the International Monetary Fund will allow a greater margin to act on the financial level. It depends on the political leadership seizing this moment to lead your country boldly and with a clear vision to get out of the crisis”.
Source: National News agency