BEIRUT: Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Friday sent a telegram of congratulations to King Salman on the occasion of Saudi Arabia’s founding day.
“This occasion marks many brilliant milestones in the history of the Kingdom, which, with its vision and efforts, has succeeded in securing a leading position among modern countries in search of broader horizons. Saudi Arabia has never spared any effort to champion just humanitarian and Arab causes and to preserve the unified Arab world despite all the circumstances in the region,” Aoun said.
He also praised the Kingdom’s support for Lebanon and the Lebanese, hoping that “bilateral relations will be restored for the good of the two brotherly peoples”.
Aoun also sent a congratulatory cable to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, stressing the significance of the occasion, which “is one of the most brilliant milestones in the history of Saudi Arabia which has overcome many challenges to to build a better future”.
Speaking before a delegation of Arab ministers of justice in Lebanon on Friday, Aoun stressed “Lebanon’s full desire to cooperate with Arab countries and show solidarity in all matters that help to develop and strengthen the laws and to unify the legislation in these countries”.
He hopes the delegation will help ease the problems that sometimes arise between the Arab brothers.
“Beirut’s doors are open to everyone, especially Arab brothers,” Aoun said.
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Under-Secretary-General Hossam Zaki arrived in Beirut on Friday to participate in a ceremony honoring three winners of the award for the best doctoral thesis in the Arab world in the field of law and justice.
Meanwhile, several pro-Syrian figures in the regime and Hezbollah opposed the position expressed by the Lebanese Foreign Ministry condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib met with the French and German ambassadors to Lebanon, who thanked Lebanon for its position. They demanded Lebanon’s participation in “the adoption of the resolution submitted to the UN Security Council on the crisis and its vote in the General Assembly”.
Bou Habib’s press office reported that he assured the two ambassadors that “Lebanon remains firm in its position which stems from its concern to adhere to the principles of international legitimacy and international law, which constitute the fundamental guarantee protection of international peace, order and territory”. the integrity of small countries, especially since Lebanon has suffered greatly from the Israeli occupation and its continuous violations.
However, he said, “Lebanon will refrain from adopting the resolution submitted to the Security Council and the Lebanese position regarding the vote will be considered later in the event that the resolution is referred to the General Assembly”.
Bou Habib said he met with the Russian ambassador to Lebanon on Thursday and informed him that Lebanon was about to issue “a statement condemning the Russian military operation, but this position is not directed against Russia and we don’t want it to affect the solid bilateral agreement”. love relationship.”
The Lebanese Mills Association feared a wheat crisis since “Lebanon imports the majority of its wheat from Ukraine and all wheat sales agreements have been canceled due to force majeure, leading to an increase in the price of a ton of wheat from $45 to $50”.
Economy Minister Amin Salam revealed, “Negotiations have been going on for about three months with several countries, including India and the United States, looking for alternative sources of wheat. If the situation changes in Ukraine and it becomes impossible to import it, we will of course resort to other sources.
Salam explained, “There are five ships in Beirut port and more ships are coming soon, and the Central Bank has approved the transfer of funds to cover imported wheat. This stock is sufficient for over a month, and we will work to secure more. We assure the Lebanese that there is no problem in this area.