| 25 February 2024, Sunday |

President Aoun receives credentials of new ambassadors of the Vatican and Oman

General Michel Aoun, President of the Republic, received the credentials of two new ambassadors accredited to Lebanon.

Ambassadors include the Vatican’s Monsignor Paolo Borgia and the Sultanate of Oman’s Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Saeed Al Saidi.

The official ceremonies to present the credentials took place, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah Bou Habib, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hani Shmeitli, Director General of Protocols at the Presidency of the Republic, Dr. Nabil Shedid, and the Director of Protocols at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Abeer Ali.

Upon the ambassadors’ arrival, successively, to the presidential palace, the army’s music played the anthem of the country represented by each ambassador, and the flags were raised on the mast of the presidential palace alongside the Lebanese flag.

Then, the ambassador of each country saluted the flag before being accompanied by the Republican Guard Brigade.

Ambassadors then entered the salon of October 22 amid two rows of spears, and from there to the ambassadors’ salon to present his credentials to President Aoun, and to introduce him to the members of the diplomatic mission.

Upon leaving, the army’s music played the Lebanese national anthem.

During the ceremony, the ambassadors conveyed to President Aoun the greetings of their Presidents, and stressed working on everything that would strengthen bilateral relations between their countries and Lebanon.

For his side, the President conveyed his greetings to the ambassadors’ Presidents, stressing in return Lebanon’s keenness to strengthen relations with their friendly countries for the benefit of Lebanon, their countries, their people and the Lebanese.

President Aoun also wished the new ambassadors success in their new duties.



The following is a brief biography of the ambassadors who presented their credentials today:

Vatican Ambassador Monsignor Paolo Borgia

– Born in Italy.

– Ordained priest on April 10, 1999, and bishop on October 4, 2019.

– Holds a doctorate in canon law.

– Entered the diplomatic department of the Holy See on December 1, 2001, and moved in several positions in the missions and embassies of the Holy See in: Central Africa, Mexico, the Holy Land, Cyprus and Lebanon.

-Worked in the Departments of Relations with States and Public Relations of the Secretariat of State in the Vatican City.

-On September 3, 2019, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed him Bishop of Milazzo and Papal Ambassador.

– Fluent in: Italian, English, Spanish and French.


Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Saeed Al Saidi

-Holds a PhD in Education from the University of South Carolina, in the United States of America.

-Worked in the Scientific Research Council as Director of Research in the Education and Human Resources Sector.

-Appointed as an ambassador in his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was attached to the Department of the Minister’s Office.

-Transferred to his country’s embassy in Washington, before he was appointed head of the Sultanate of Oman’s mission to the United States of America.

-Transferred to the World Trade Organization Department, before being assigned to run the International Cooperation Department’s business.

-In 2021, he was assigned to supervise the economic affairs sector.


Dean and members of the Honorary Council:

President Aoun met with the Dean of the Council of Honors, the Director-General of the Presidency of the Parliament, Mr. Ali Hamad.

The meeting was also attended by members: Director-General of the Presidency of the Republic, Dr. Antoine Choucair, Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Adnan Daher, Brigadier General Michel Abu Rizk, and Brigadier General Ali Makki, in the presence of the Protocol Director at the Presidency of the Republic, Dr. Nabil Shedid.

Dr. Shedid briefed the President on the work of the Council and the criteria it adopted within the framework of its interest.

For his side, President Aoun praised the performance of the council since its formation.


  • NNA