Najib Mikati, the caretaker prime minister, called for “doubling the Arab effort to support Lebanon at the Arab and international levels at this difficult stage” on Friday.
“We hope that our Arab brethren will have a clear understanding of our circumstances and will support us at this juncture to spare Lebanon from perils and to assist it in bearing responsibilities that are above its capacities and in regaining its footing,” Caretaker Prime Minister Mikati said.
Mikati patronized, at the invitation of Caretaker Social Affairs Minister, Hector Hajjar, a gathering on the occasion of the visit of a delegation of the Arab Ministers of Social Affairs’ Council and representatives of the League of Arab States, during which an entrepreneurship initiative and the role of the Arab private sector in it was launched, jointly with the Union of Arab Chambers.
Partaking in the gathering, which was held at the Union of Arab Chambers headquarters, had been Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Saade Chami, Caretaker Minister of Public Works and Transport, Dr. Ali Hamieh, Caretaker Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Abbas Al-Halabi, and Caretaker Minister of the Displaced, Issam Charafeddine.
The gathering was also attended by Head of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Social Affairs Ministers, Minister of Social Development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ayman Al-Mufleh, Iraqi Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Judge Salar Abdul Sattar Mohammed, Minister of Social Solidarity in the Arab Republic of Egypt, Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Social Affairs Sector in the League of Arab States Ambassador Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers, Khaled Al-Hanafi, Yemeni Ambassador to Lebanon, Abdullah Abdul Karim Al-Dais, Tunisian Ambassador to Lebanon, Bouraoui Limam, Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon, Dr. Yasser Alwi,, and Jordan’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Al-Hadid, as well as scores of dignitaries.