President of the Lebanese Republic General Michel Aoun will arrive in Qatar today on two-day official visit. Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will hold official talks with the Lebanese President on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of joint interest.
Lebanon’s Ambassador to Qatar, Hassan Qassim Najem said that the visit of the President is exceptionally important as he was elected after the country remained without a leader for long months.
The visits made by different Lebanese Presidents to Qatar in the past usually led to an elevation in bilateral relations, according to the ambassador.
He told the Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the election of a new president gave new life to Lebanese politics, something which would ultimately reflect well on the country’s ties with Arab countries. He acknowledged that those ties suffered from increasing tensions lately due to the recent developments in the region.
The Ambassador expressed his hope that the latest visit will be another shining example of the strong ties with Qatar. He stressed that this particular relationship was never affected by the grave events that hit the Arab world in recent years.
He added that Lebanon was keen on increasing the level of cooperation with Qatar in a way that reflected the potential of both countries, whether economically or politically.
Najem in his interview praised Qatari people and government’s stand during the 2006 war in Lebanon. He highlighted the fact that Qatar welcomed all Lebanese from the war front.
Lebanese President’s visit will help shape future relations: Ambassador
Lebanon’s Ambassador in Qatar, Hassan Qassim Najem, added that the sight of the Father Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani pledging to rebuild the southern Lebanese cities destroyed in the war was engraved in the memory of all the Lebanese people.
Another unforgettable moment was when Qatar hosted Lebanese leaders in 2008 and helped them reach the Doha agreement which put an end to the political crisis and domestic tensions in Lebanon. Qatar also played a positive role in releasing the kidnapped Lebanese soldiers, the ambassador added. These historic moments, the ambassador said, made him hopeful of the prospect of a positive Qatari role in supporting Lebanon and strengthening the ties between the two nations.
Najem added that the Lebanese president’s visit will help lay out the foundation for the coming period in terms of revitalising and developing bilateral ties in a way that suits the ambition of the people.
With Lebanese politics running full throttle, a suitable environment for stronger ties with the GCC as a whole is existent. He also expressed his hope that Lebanon can return as a tourist destinations to the people of Qatar and the GCC after the visit.