President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, on Thursday welcomed at the Baabda palace US Ambassador to Lebanon, Elizabeth Richard, and discussed with her the general situation in Lebanon, as well as most recent regional developments.

President Aoun handed Ambassador Richard a number of demarcation proposals of Lebanon’s southern maritime border.

Separately, Aoun met with a delegation of the Middle East Council of Churches, chaired by the Council’s Secretary General Thuraya Elie Bachaalani.

“Lebanon is best able to manage the dialogue of civilizations because most of the civilizations started from the east, and Lebanon is not a mere gateway, but the mind of the east and the heart of the West,” Aoun told the delegation.

The delegation included representatives of Egypt, the Holy Land, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus, as well as Germany, Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the United States.

Aoun reiterated his constant efforts to “strengthen the Christian presence in the East,” voicing the Council’s same direction in this regard.

The Head of State also called on the Council to help Lebanon resolve the issue of the displaced Syrians by persuading western countries to accept their return as soon as possible to their homeland.

Aoun said Lebanon’s existence would be at stake should the half a million Palestinian refugees plus a million and 600,000 Syrian refugees remain in Lebanon, since as he said “its demography is changing completely.”

On the other hand, Aoun also welcomed head of the National Dialogue Party, MP Fouad Makhzoumi, with whom he discussed the situation in Lebanon and the broad region.

The President also received the International Beitteddine Committee, headed by Ms. Nora Jumblatt, who invited him to attend the opening ceremony of the festivals this summer.

Source: National News Agency

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President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, on Thursday welcomed at the Baabda palace US Ambassador to Lebanon, Elizabeth Richard, and discussed with her the general situation in Lebanon, as well as most recent regional developments. President Aoun handed Ambassador Richard a number of demarcation proposals of Lebanon's southern...