PRESIDENT TO MEET DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR CORPS MEMBERS TOMORROW AND AFTER TOMORROW
President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, will meet at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Lebanon, Papal Ambassador Monsignor Joseph Spitri, members of the Arab and foreign diplomatic corps and directors of international organizations accredited in Lebanon, to extend congratulations on the occasion of the New Year.
For this occasion, the traditional celebration will be held in Presidential Palace, after it didn’t happen last year due to the “Corona” pandemic.
The Dean of the Corps, the Papal Ambassador, is scheduled to deliver a speech on the occasion, and President Aoun will give a speech in which he defines Lebanon’s positions on the issues raised locally and regionally.
President Aoun will also receive, on Friday, for the same purpose, the Dean of the Honorary Consular Corps in Lebanon, Joseph Habees, and members of the corps.
The two occasions will be attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Dr. Abdullah Bu Habib, and the Secretary-General of the Ministry, Ambassador Hani Shmaitli.
Former Minister Al-Khatib:
The President met former Minister Tarek Al-Khatib, today at Baabda Palace, and deliberated with him current political developments, especially after the resumption of cabinet meetings next week.
The meeting also tackled the needs of the Iklim al-Kharroub region in the Chouf district.
Syndicate of Topographers
President Aoun met the President of the Syndicate of Topographers, Dr. Sarkis Fadous, at the head of a delegation from the Syndicate.
Dr. Fadous thanked President Aoun for receiving the delegation, and pointed out that the visit comes after the new elections of the Syndicate.
Fadous also put the potential of topographers at the disposal of the President in any step that would help advance the country.
After discussing the tasks of the topographers and the sensitivity of their work, Dr. Fadous presented the delegation’s demands, which focus on the necessity to preserve the role of the Syndicate in the topics that fall into the core of its interests and powers, through cooperation with the Supreme Council for Urban Planning, and the necessity of establishing the Supreme Council for Survey, like many countries, and the lack of duplication in the profession so that the profession’s reference is limited to the union only, which is licensed by virtue of a law issued by the Parliament.
For his side, President Aoun welcomed the delegation, and appreciated their work, stressing the importance of what the Syndicate is doing on all Lebanese lands, and the great role it plays in many real estate matters.
Moreover, President Aoun expressed keenness to preserve the rights of the union and its members, promising to follow up on the demands that were presented, with those concerned to reach the desired solutions.
Denying President Aoun’s Interference:
The Presidency Press Office clarified that what is issued in several media and social networking sites, that the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, “Interferes directly in the selection of the candidates of the Free Patriotic Movement” to the parliamentary elections is false.
The Press Office asserts that this news is fabricated and baseless, because the “Free Patriotic Movement” has its political leadership, to which it is up to nominate its candidates for the elections, and therefore what is said to the contrary does not correspond to reality. —-Presidency Press Office