President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, on Monday lauded the ever-evolving Lebanese-Canadian relations. The Lebanese-Canadian relations are growing more and more steadfast thanks to the ongoing cooperation between the two countries on the one hand, and the efforts of the Lebanese community residing in Canada, which has become part and parcel of the Canadian society," President Aoun said.
The President's words came before a visiting Canadian delegation headed by Speaker of Canada's House of Commons, Geoff Regan, in the company of Canadian Ambassador to Lebanon, Emmanuelle Lamoureux.
During the meeting, President Aoun said that Lebanon looked forward to strengthening relations with Canada and developing them in all fields. The Lebanese residing in Canada are loyal to the country that has welcomed them and provided job opportunities for them; they are also loyal to their motherland and visit it on regular basis."
President Aoun later broached with his Canadian visitor the general situation in Lebanon and the region, and dwelt as well on Lebanon's position on the issue of Syrian refugees. He called for facilitating the refugees' safe return to the safe regions in Syria, and supporting initiatives that help with this process, such as the Russian initiative.
The pair also touched on the Palestinian cause and the situation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Aoun stressed herein the negative repercussions of the decision taken by the US president to stop funding UNRWA.
The President of the Republic also seized the opportunity to explain to Regan and the accompanying delegation the reason that prompted Lebanon to propose the establishment of the Humanitarian Academy for Convergence and Dialogue, and hoped that this academy will receive the support of the Canadian Government.
In turn, the President of Canada's House of Commons confirmed his country's keenness on the safety and stability of Lebanon, appreciating the "Lebanese support for the Canadian government in international conferences.
Canada will continue to provide assistance to Lebanon in several areas," the Canadian diplomat said, lauding the active role of the Lebanese Diaspora in the political, economic, and social fields in Canada.
Separately, Aoun welcomed at Baabda Palace president of Beirut Bar Association, Andre Chediac, with whom he discussed matters involving the Syndicate.
Source: National News Agency