In spite of recent developments, President of the Republic General Michel Aoun stated that he “does not despair of initiatives for reaching a solution with the presence of sane people, provided that the constitution and powers entrusted to constitutional authorities, primarily the presidency, are not violated.”
Major General Jamil Al-Sayed, a member of Parliament, relayed President Aoun’s positions. Today at the Presidential Palace, the President met with Al-Sayed and reviewed current political developments with him.
After the meeting, MP Al-Sayed said:
“General and living conditions were discussed during the meeting, in addition to the need to expedite finding solutions in light of the continuous government crisis.
The discussion also addressed various constitutional interpretations that seek to strip the Presidency of the Republic of its powers, particularly in the area of forming governments, despite the constitution’s clarity. It was recalled that these attempts began in 2005 with Premier Fouad Seniora’s government, which marginalized the Presidency of the Republic and allowed himself to organize the agenda of the Parliament, in parallel with holding cabinet meetings and issuing decisions while ignoring the President’s written objections at the time..
Marginalization did not stop at this point, but also extended to the Parliament and continued throughout the term of President Michel Suleiman, who did not reconsider the illegitimate decisions of Prime Minister Seniora. Then, the Presidency became under the authority of other leaders, resulting in the spread of corruption, and settlements that all resulted in the current situation.
His Excellency the President made it clear that despite everything that is happening, he did not despair of the initiatives reaching a solution with the presence of sane people, provided that the constitution and the powers entrusted to the constitutional authorities, primarily the presidency, are not violated.
Head of the Kuwaiti Red Crescent:
The President praised the historical relations which bind Lebanon and Kuwait, and its stand next to Lebanon in all circumstances which the Lebanese went through, in addition to opening its doors to the Lebanese to contribute to the Kuwaiti economic renaissance.
The President also considered that the Kuwaiti Prince, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed his love for Lebanon and the Lebanese , on several occasions, in addition to his keenness to provide everything that helps to overcome the ordeal which the country witnesses in various fields.
Moreover, President Aoun recalled the friendship he had with the late Prince, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who stood next to Lebanon in regional and international forums, providing all necessary support in different circumstances.
President Aoun’ positions came while receiving Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society, Dr. Hilal Musaed Al-Sayer.
The Kuwaiti Ambassador to Lebanon, Abdel-Al Suleiman Al-Qana’i, head of the Kuwaiti Red Crescent mission in Lebanon, Dr. Musaed Rashid Al-Enezi, and a member of the delegation, Mr. Abdullah Ali Al-Mushawah also attended the meeting.
At the outset of the meeting, Ambassador Al-Qinai conveyed to President Aoun the greetings of the Kuwaiti Prince, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and officials in the Kuwaiti government.
Then Dr. Al-Sayer briefed the President on the assistance provided by Kuwait and his Society after the Beirut Port explosion, especially the air bridge, which included 18 planes transporting hundreds of tons of aid, in addition to the restoration of a number of houses damaged as a result of the explosion, children’s cancer and hospitals. Contributions also included a number of Lebanese regions, including vaccinating more than 36,000 displaced Syrians, and providing ambulances and other blood transfusions.
Dr. Al-Sayer further mentioned that the association is prepared to send shipments of newborn formula and medicines to treat chronic ailments, stressing that the association and the Lebanese Red Cross are already working together.
The President then praised Dr. Al-Sayer for the Society’s support, which he continued to give. Through the delegation, President Aoun also sent his greetings to the Kuwaiti Prince, wishing Kuwait continued progress and prosperity, as well as happiness to its brotherly people.
Dr. Al-Sayer’s Statement:
After the meeting, Dr. Al-Sayer made the following statement:
“We discussed the assistance provided by the State of Kuwait and the Kuwaiti Red Crescent in Lebanon, especially after the Beirut Port explosion, with President Michel Aoun, in the presence of Ambassador Abdel Al AL-Kinaii. 18 planes loaded with 700 tons of health and relief aid immediately departed from Kuwait after this explosion, in addition to two hospitals including the Children’s Cancer Center. In addition, 3 wards were rehabilitated at the Wardia hospital, a maternity ward, an orthopedic ward and an internal medicine ward.
Moreover, Kuwait contributed to the assistance of Lebanese farmers, through purchasing 3,000 tons of agricultural crops and distributing them to Syrian refugees. The Red Crescent, in cooperation with the Lebanese Health Ministry, provided 36,000 doses pf Pfizer vaccine to Syrian refugees, Palestinians and some Lebanese, where a number of them were vaccinated in several Lebanese regions, including the north, Akkar and Sidon.
Congratulations to Iran’s Newly-Elected President:
President Aoun also sent a congratulatory telegram to Sayed Ibrahim Raaisi, the recently elected Iranian President.
President Aoun congratulated President Raaisi on his new role and highlighted Lebanon’s cordial relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Congratulations to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The President also addressed a telegram to Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, congratulating him on his re-election.
President Aoun emphasized the improvement in Lebanon’s relations with various international institutions.