Aoun grants Dr Badr National Cedar Medal, hails Lebanese people’s moderation attribute

President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, on Tuesday hailed the national coexistence between the Islamic and Christian inter-faiths in Lebanon, expressing pride in the Lebanese people’s moderation attribute.

“Lebanon, despite its small area, covers through its people the whole world,” President Aoun told a visiting delegation representing the Higher Council of the Middle East and North Africa Union of the Evangelical Adventist Church.

MP Adgar Trabulsi was also present during the meeting.

Aoun also lauded the Lebanese people’s moderation attribute, a trait that enables them to coexist with all peoples and civilizations.

The President underlined the cultural value provided by the schools of the Evangelical Church and its university for the Lebanese young people.

On the other hand, Aoun bestowed upon Director of the American University Museum, Dr. Laila Badr, a National Cedar Medal of an officer’s rank, during a ceremony held at the Baabda palace attended by Caretaker Culture Minister, Dr Ghattas Khoury, and directors of Arab and international museums.

The President bestowed upon Badr the high-ranking medal in recognition of her cultural, scientific and heritage contributions and her role in highlighting Lebanon’s cultural and civilization facet, particularly through her management of the third oldest archaeological museum in the Near East for more than 40 years.

Dr Badr was also awarded the medal for her pioneering role in the excavations’ operations in Beirut, which led to the discovery of the first evidence that Beirut is a Phoenician city.

On the other hand, Aoun welcomed at Baabda Palace MP Jamil al-Sayyed, after his return from The Hague where he gave his testimony before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, into the case of the late Prime Minister Rafic Hariri’s assassination.

Major General Sayyed pointed out on emerging that he discussed with the President the current situation on the local arena, including government formation and southern borders’ demarcation issues.

Later, the President also had an audience with MP Henry Shdid, and then head of the Chaldean community in Lebanon, Bishop Michel Qsargi.

Bishop Qasargi briefed the President on the current situation of the Chaldean community and its councils in Lebanon, calling for their representation in the new Cabinet.

Source: National News Agency