Aoun Visits Arab League, Agrees with Jordan King on Boosting Cooperation

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul-Gheit (R) and Lebanese President Michel Aoun sit at an Arab League meeting in Cairo on February 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

President Michel Aoun stated in front of Arab League delegates in Cairo on Tuesday that Lebanon has regained its strength and is ready to carry on with its role within the Arab family.

“Today, Lebanon has recovered its well-being and is ready to carry out its role within the big Arab family. It is ready to contribute to each project that raises our people to stability and progress,” stated Aoun.

“The world is once again living a World War III, but a fragmented one,” added the President.

“The Zionist ideology has succeeded in transforming the Zionist-Arab war into a sectarian inter-Arab war which justifies Israel’s Judaization. This alone is enough to make us unite our efforts to preserve the holy Christian and Muslim landmarks. Lebanon has restored its wellbeing and ready to carry out its role,” concluded Aoun.

Aoun’s comments came after a meeting he held with Ahmed Abul Gheit, secretary general of the Cairo-based Arab League.

The president later arrived in Jordan for talks with King Abdullah II.

“President Aoun focused during his talks with Jordan’s king on the need to coordinate efforts to find solutions to the Syrian refugee crisis and end the refugees’ plight,” LBCI TV reported.

The Jordanian monarch for his part decided to “boost security cooperation” with Lebanon and “raise the number of Lebanese officers who take part in training courses” in the kingdom, the TV network added.

Aoun had arrived in Egypt on Monday, his first visit to Cairo since his election in October. He held talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and religious leaders.

At a joint press conference with Sisi, Aoun had said: “Hopes of the role that Egypt could play are high. An Egypt of moderation and openness… could launch an Arab rescue initiative based on a strategy to fight terrorism.”

For his part, Sisi said the two sides “agreed on the need to stand together against the dangers of terrorism”, adding that Egypt was ready “to support the capabilities of Lebanon’s army and its various security bodies”.

Aoun also met the leader of Egypt’s Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, and held talks with Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb of Al-Azhar, the highest institution of Sunni Islam.