Caretaker Information Minister, Ziad Al-Makary, is currently representing Lebanon at the opening session of the Francophone Summit held in Djerba, Tunisia, with the participation of 88 countries.
Al-Makary heads an official delegation including Foreign Affairs Ministry Secretary-General, Ambassador Hani Chmaytelli, Lebanon’s Ambassador to Tunisia Antoine Franjieh, Lebanon’s Ambassador to UNESCO Sahar Baasiri and Dr. Jarjoura Hardan.
Delivered speeches at the opening session included a word by Tunisian Republic President Kais Saied, who said: “Digital transformation is the result of man and his intelligence, not artificial intelligence, and we have to dream of a better world for the good of all mankind on the basis of justice and freedom.”
In his delivered address, Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, considered that “in the face of prevailing health challenges such as the Corona pandemic and environmental problems, we must emphasize more and more on solidarity among Francophone countries, provided that the weaker countries feel this solidarity,” adding that “in exchange for hatred, we must stress on coexistence.”
In turn, the Secretary-General of the World Organization of la Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo, said: “The time for transformation has come. There are many problems, crises and storms that have affected the Francophone environment, but I am happy that these circumstances did not prevent encouraging results.”
She thanked the member states of the World Organization of La Francophonie that contributed to such outcome, noting that “the Organization is more and more present on the ground, in coordination with its partners, and is now more flexible than before, as we are heading towards a renewed Francophonie, and all member states will have a role.”
During the opening tour, Minister Al-Makary met with French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Tunisian Prime Minister Najla Bouden and various figures.