AOUN RECEIVES FORMER BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT
Today, international delegations arrived in Beirut to offer condolences to the victims of the Beirut Port explosion and to provide aid to those affected.
In this context, the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, received a Brazilian presidential delegation headed by the former President of Brazil, Michel Tamer, who is of Lebanese origin, and who was sent by Brazilian President Jaiir Bolsounaro, with a delegation that included MPs Nelson Trad (of Lebanese descent) and Louis Osvaldo Pastore, who is a representative of the Presidency of the Brazilian Republic, Flavio Augusto Vianna Rocha, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenneth Felix da Nobrega, and a number of diplomats and representatives of the Brazilian Armed Forces.
At the outset of the meeting, President Tamer offered condolences to President Aoun on behalf of the President and the Brazilian people, and of the Lebanese descendants, who were rocked by the explosion in the Beirut port, and the victims, injuries and damages it left behind in the capital. He said, “As a sign of solidarity with the Lebanese people, Brazil has sent several aid, including 16,000 tons of medicine and 4,000 tons of rice, which will arrive in turn to Beirut via an air bridge between the two countries.”
He added, “Brazil, the presidency, the government and the people, suffers when the Lebanese were afflicted, sympathizes with them and affirms that they will always be on their side because it is sensitive to the horror of the affliction that befell them.”
President Aoun responded, welcoming President Tamer and the accompanying delegation, thanking the support shown by Brazil in the face of the ordeal Lebanon has gone through, and the assistance it provided. President Aoun entrusted President Tamer with his greetings to President Bolsounaro, and thanks for his participation in the Paris conference “for supporting Beirut and the Lebanese people.” He said, “Lebanon appreciates the solidarity of Brazil, and this is natural, given the old friendship between the two countries and the presence of the Lebanese community. We thank Brazil for the urgent assistance (400 tons of rice).”
He continued, “The damage has affected 200,000 housing units. The port of Beirut, our economic lifeline, has become rubble, and the infrastructure has been destroyed in many parts of the capital. The needs are very large and huge, and the aid can not be financial, and we hope that Brazil’s support will not be limited to humanitarian aid.” “The emergency, and our support in the reconstruction, where we need a lot of building materials (glass, aluminum, wood, concrete …).”
President Aoun added: “The catastrophe came in the midst of the many crises that Lebanon is facing: the massive Syrian displacement , the economic and financial crisis, and the Corona pandemic.” The President of the Republic asked President Tamer to convey his greetings to the Brazilians of Lebanese descent, wishing that the Brazilian President would visit Lebanon one day.
On the Lebanese side, the meeting was attended by: Advisor to the President of the Republic, former Minister Salim Jreissati, Director General of the Presidency of the Republic Dr. Antoine Choucair, and the advisors: Brigadier General Paul Matar, Rafiq Shalala and Osama Khashab.
After the meeting, President Tamer went to the press with the following statement:
“I headed a special committee to discuss providing assistance to Lebanon after the explosion, and I came with her to Beirut today, with relief aid for 16 thousand tons of medicine, in addition to 4 thousand tons of rice that will arrive by sea.
You know that there are more than 10 million Brazilians of Lebanese origin, and when they learned about our aid campaign, they pledged to send more aid. Therefore, this initiative is not limited to the state and the executive authority in Brazil, but also with the participation of Brazilians of Lebanese origin. ”
He added, “I met with President Michel Aoun, who conveyed his greetings to the President and the Brazilian people, and expressed his thanks for the Brazilian aid to Lebanon. President Aoun has great faith that Beirut, which has gone through many difficulties and crises, will be rebuilt again with the strength of its people and the strength of the Lebanese Cedar.”
I extend my deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones, and I wish the wounded a speedy recovery. ”
In addition, telegrams of condolences continued pouring from the heads of Arab and foreign countries’ leaders, and among them today: Greek President Karolos Papoulias, President of Ivory Coast, Al Hassan Ouattara, Nicaraguan President Ortega Saavedra, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Imam Ali Rahman, and the leader of the Leader “Knights of Malta” Supreme Military Officer Rui Goncalo de Valle Pixoto de Villas Boas.
Source: National News Agencyhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/aoun-receives-former-brazilian-president/Government