General Michel Aoun, President of the Republic, received the credentials of four new ambassadors accredited to Lebanon.
The Ambassadors are: Andrew Barnes of Australia, Salman Athar of Pakistan, Jesus Ignacio Santos Aguado of Spain, and Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz Mohammed Saleh Al-Sahlawi of Qatar.
Official ceremonies were held, in the presence of Foreign Affairs Minister, Abdullah Bou Habib, theSecretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hani Shmeitli, Director General of Protocols at the Presidential Palace, Dr. Nabil Shedid, and the Director of Protocols at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Abeer Ali.
The army music played the anthem of the country represented by each ambassador, while flags were hoisted on the mast of the Presidential Palace alongside the Lebanese flag.
Then, each ambassador saluted the flag, before entering the October 22 Salon amidst two rows of spears, and from there to the Ambassadors’ Salon, where he presented his credentials to President Aoun and the members of his diplomatic mission.The ambassadors conveyed the greetings of their heads of state, and wished the President success in his national responsibilities, assuring him to work to strengthen relations between Lebanon and their countries.
For his part, the President conveyed his greetings to the ambassadors to their heads of state, stressing in return Lebanon’s keenness to strengthen relations with their brotherly and friendly countries for the benefit of Lebanon. President Aoun also wished the new ambassadors success in their new duties.