President Michel Aoun said after his meeting with Ireland President Michael Higgins in Baabda: “I would like to seize the opportunity to salute the efforts of His Excellency in establishing a culture of political change based on launching positive initiatives in various fields to encourage investment so as to fulfill the aspirations of our peoples, especially our young generations.”

“I have told his Excellency that what unites our two countries is much more than adhering to the values of peace and democracy; it goes beyond rejecting occupation and injustice, through to defending everything that safeguards human dignity and rights,” Aoun said.

“Ireland’s active participation in the peacekeeping force in the South has contributed to preserving the security and stability of Lebanon for more than 40 years, which has created an entire Irish generation sympathetic with Lebanon and its causes,” he added.

“I have reiterated Lebanon’s full commitment to resolution 1701, which calls for the withdrawal of Israel from the territories it continues to occupy, while maintaining the country’s legitimate right to self-defense, as Israel continues to make land, sea and air breaches of its sovereignty,” the president said.

“We focused with the President of Ireland on the importance of finding political solutions to the Syrian crisis and the need to expedite solutions to the crisis of the displaced, which would contribute to their repatriation, regardless of the timing of this solution, especially as Lebanon can no longer bear the burdens due to the huge volume of displacement,” Aoun stressed.

Thanking his guest for supporting the Lebanese initiative to establish the Human Academy of Encounter and Dialogue, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on September 16, Aoun called on “Ireland to join the group of founding countries of this Academy through the signing of an international agreement thereon.”

The President of Ireland, in turn, said “One of the most important dimensions of the bilateral relationship between Ireland and Lebanon is the long-term Irish commitment to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Peacekeeping is a vital part of the Irish foreign policy.”

“President Aoun and I have been able to discuss the establishment of the Human Academy for Encounter and Dialogue at the UN General Assembly this year, and Ireland is pleased to have co-sponsored the establishment of this Academy,” Higgins stressed.

Source: National News Agency

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President Michel Aoun said after his meeting with Ireland President Michael Higgins in Baabda: 'I would like to seize the opportunity to salute the efforts of His Excellency in establishing a culture of political change based on launching positive initiatives in various fields to encourage investment so as to...