Lebanese Ambassador to Jordan, Tracy Dany Chamoun, held a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Independence of Lebanon.
It was attended by HRH Princess Ghida Talal, Princess Wijdan Al Hashimi, former Prime Minister Taher Al-Masri, including many ambassadors and dignitaries, including the dean of the Lebanese Community Mr.Fouad Abu Hamdan, The Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Mr Zaid Al Lozi, The Director of Protocol, Ambassador Sami Ghosheh, and many members of the Senate, including H.E. Dr Talal Abu-Ghazaleh and H.E. Nasser Al-Lowzi. Also present where many members of the Christian and Islamic clergy and a very large number of the Lebanese community in Jordan.
Full speech delivered by the ambassador:
Good evening, your Royal Highnesses, your Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen, friends of Lebanon.
Thank you for coming tonight to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the independence of The Republic of Lebanon. I would like to honor both our President General Michel Aoun, and His Majesty King Abdullah II, whose wise council and enlightened leadership continue to guide our countries through their many challenges.
This evening, we will be offering you a buffet of Lebanese fare prepared by Burj El Hamam and we would like to thank our friends at The Intercontinental Hotel for hosting this event.
We are also very grateful to our sponsors, The Lebanese Community Committee headed by Mr. Fouad Abou Hamdan, The Jordanian Lebanese Association presided by Mrs. Samia Solh Mango, The Lebanese banks including: Societe General of Jordan, Bank Audi and Blom Bank, as well as, our celebrated American University of Beirut represented this evening by The dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Dr. Salim Kanaan. We would also like to thank our Lebanese contributors who have added great flavor to tonight's event, Kefraya wine, Almaza beer, Barrista coffee, Patchi chocolates and Sabaho Bakery.
Please visit their stands and enjoy their Lebanese specialties.
One year ago, I stepped into my role as ambassador of The Republic of Lebanon to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Never before, have I been made so aware of our shared cultures, struggles, and history. This common land upon which we live is the land of the birth of civilization and the great monotheistic religions of our planet.
I take great solace in the friendship that has existed between Jordan and Lebanon since the declaration of their independence, and we are united in our commitment to peace and human dignity in the region. Our openness to religious diversity and tolerance make Jordan and Lebanon examples to the world of magnanimity and wisdom at a time when many other nations are marching towards bigotry and extremism.
Our burdens are similar and many. The saying that a burden shared is a burden halved has never been so true in the form of our joint commitments to vital matters such as the belief in a Two State Solution for Palestine, and in the necessity and importance of preserving UNWRA to safeguard health and the education of young Palestinians living in camps in Lebanon and Jordan. We are also united in our support for the Hashemite custodianship of the Christian and Moslem Holy Sites in Jerusalem.
There are many areas where we share common concerns including the reality of hosting vast numbers of Syrian displaced and Palestinian refugees in our countries, with all the responsibilities and burdens that this entails, and of managing economies that are challenged by the pressures of international warfare and geographic constraints.
Nevertheless, beyond all these hurdles, we understand the value of our shared history and culture in this Arabic Levant which is more than just a geographical denomination - it is a source of pride and deep connection.
Our independence was hard won by our grandfathers and we are the third generation benefactors of their struggles. Our freedom and independence can never be challenged and it was won by the sacrifices of our martyrs, may God rest their souls We have so much to be grateful for and so much to be proud of!
On this occasion, I wish you a very happy 75th Independence Day!
Source: National News Agency