President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, expressed his hope that ongoing negotiations to demarcate the southern maritime borders will bear fruit, and that Lebanon will restore all rights based on international laws.
President Aoun’s positions came while receiving UNIFIL Commander, General Stefano Del Col, today at the Presidential Palace.
The President told General Del Col that “The demarcation of southern maritime borders is achieved on the basis of the line which starts overland from the point of Ras Al-Naqoora, according to the general principle known as the median line, without taking into account any impact on the occupied Palestinian coastal islands”.
President Aoun then stressed the need to correct the “Blue Line” so that it conforms to the internationally recognized land borders, informing General Del Col that Lebanon thanks the assistance provided by UNIFIL after the Beirut Port explosion, especially in terms of helping preserve the heritage character of Mar Mikael region, removing around 500 tons of rubble, protecting the Foreign Ministry building, and helping clean the Port in addition to the storage of 150 tons of reusable stone and wood facades.
While appreciating UNIFIL efforts in hosting the tripartite mechanism meetings which are taking place in Ras El-Naqoora, the President also presented Lebanon’s observations on the report issued two days ago by UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, about the implementation of Resolution 1701 issued by the Security Council, stressing the importance of strengthening coordination between the Lebanese Army and UNIFIL forces, to assure proper implementation of all the tasks which are required of both Lebanese Army and International forces.
For his part, General Del Col made a presentation on the current situation in the area of UNIFIL operations, in addition to what the international forces in Beirut had achieved in helping clean the port, asserting on the existing cooperation between UNIFIL and the Lebanese Army. Del Col also expressed his satisfaction with the ongoing negotiations in demarcating southern maritime borders.
Moreover, President Aoun received congratulatory telegrams on the 77th occasion of Lebanese independence anniversary from Presidents and Kings of brotherly and friendly countries.
Syrian President, Bachar Al-Assad, wrote in his telegram:
“On the occasion of the 77th independence anniversary of the brotherly Lebanon, I extend the warmest and heartfelt congratulations, to you and to the Lebanese, in addition to my best wishes that your country will always enjoy security and stability and that it proceeds on its path towards further progress and prosperity. The long colonial era which Lebanon and Syria lived in the past, and the current attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the two countries by the modern colonial countries, clearly show the intentions of these countries towards our region and their plans to return our countries to the era of mandate, but in different ways and methods.
Mr. President, we ask God to provide you with the adequate health, well-being and contentment, and to spare Lebanon all harm”.
Moroccan King, Mohammed VI wrote:
“It is my pleasure, while the Lebanese republic celebrates its National Day, to send you my warmest congratulations and sincere wishes for progress and prosperity to your brotherly people. I also express to you, my appreciation for the solid relations between our two countries, based on sincere brotherhood, active solidarity and mutual appreciation, assuring you that the Kingdom of Morocco is keen to consolidate these relations and advance our bilateral cooperation in a way which responds to the aspirations of our two brotherly peoples”.
The President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, wrote:
“It is with great pleasure for me on the occasion of the Lebanese Republic’s celebration of Independence Day that I extend to your Excellency and the brotherly Lebanese people, my sincerest heartfelt congratulations and fraternal wishes. I benefit from this good occasion to pay tribute to the solid historical relations between Egypt and Lebanon, and I assure that we have always been keen to strengthen and consolidate these relations in all fields in order to achieve common interests of our two brotherly countries. I also express full Egyptian support, Government and people, for our brothers in Lebanon in order to achieve the aspirations of the brotherly Lebanese.
Mr. President, my dear brother, I wish you good health and happiness, and I wish the Lebanese more stability, development and prosperity”.
Independence congratulation cables were also received from: Austrian President, Alexander Van der Bellen, Gabon President, Ali Bongo, Paraguayan President, Mario Abdo, Benin President, Patrice Talon, and Chairman of the State Affairs Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong On.
Source: National News Agency