Aoun confirms continuous follow up on Risha's abduction

Fri 20 Jan 2017 at 17:13 Politics
NNA - President Michel Aoun met on Friday before noon at Baabda Presidential Palace with Deir el Ahmar delegation, where he confirmed "constant follow-up on the incident of the abduction of the citizen, Saad Risha and the alert of the security forces in a bid to return him safe to his family."

Later, Aoun received Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Abou Gheit.

The President confirmed that "Lebanon supports everything that brings solidarity among Arab countries because this solidarity is the strength of these nations."

Aoun said that "the League is a reference and we should preserve it."

He hoped that the Arab Summit which would be held in Jordan on March 29 would address the current Arab issues, pledging that "Lebanon would contribute to any Arab efforts in this regard."

For his part, Abou Gheit invited Aoun to visit the Arab League and deliver a speech before the Arab missions' heads.

"I invited the president to visit the Arab League in Cairo and he promised to visit the League soon," Gheit said.

Discussions also touched on the regional situation.

On the other hand, Aoun met with the Assistant of UN Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Qasim Wayne, accompanied by UN General Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag and the commander of the "UNIFIL" operating in the south, Gen. Michael Perry.

Wayne briefed Aoun on the strategic work of the "UNIFIL" in Lebanon to become more active in various fields, in particular the implementation of resolution 1701.

Aoun thanked the international envoy regarding UNIFIL's missions in the south and the ongoing efforts to maintain stability, stressing the need to "boost cooperation between UNIFIL and the army."

Aoun pushed for "the liberation of the Lebanese part of the border village of Ghajar through the implementation of the international resolutions issued in this regard."

Both sides proposed mechanism to enhance coordination between the army and UNIFIL at different aspects.

President of the Lebanese Republic, Michel Aoun, also received at Baabda Presidential Palace the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, who said to her host that the international community was confident that his being a president would be a rigid base for security and stability in Lebanon.

Khalaf said that her visit was also to congratulate him and thank him for his permanent support to ESCWA since long years ago.

Aoun met with the U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard heading a delegation. Discussions touched on general issues, in addition to Aoun's vision of the situation in Lebanon and the region and the solutions that could be reached to end the wars in a number of Arab countries.

The President met with The Lebanese-Palestinian dialogue committee, headed by former Minister Hassan Mneimneh.

"Palestine's case should stay alive to reach a just and comprehensive peace," Aoun stressed.


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