NNA – President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, on Monday received a letter from South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, conveyed to him by Korean presidential delegate, Jung Suk.
In his letter, the South Korean President stressed his country’s desire to develop bilateral relations between South Korea and Lebanon.
“Our country appreciates the wise leadership of President Aoun and his contribution to the promotion of peace and stability in the Middle East region,” the South Korean President’s letter said, hailing as well the development that has been witnessed at the level of Lebanese-Korean relations in all fields since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1981.
The Korean leader also stressed his country’s commitment to contribute to peace in Lebanon and the Middle East through the participation of his country’s military units in the missions of the international forces “UNIFIL” operating in south Lebanon.
For his part, President Aoun considered the decision taken by US President Donald Trump, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, “a major mistake that must be rectified and renounced, especially as it contravenes all the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly.”
Aoun also told his South Korean visitor that he would call upon the heads of Islamic states to meet at Istanbul summit next Wednesday to take the necessary decisions to preserve the Arab identity of Jerusalem, “the city of all divine religions.”
“The United Nations should fulfill its duty and respect its resolutions. It is not permissible to expel people from their homeland to resolve the problem of other people,” the President added.
Separately, President Michel Aoun received at Baabda Presidential Palace head of the International Monetary Fund mission to Lebanon, Christopher Jarvis, on top of a delegation.
Jarvis congratulated President Aoun on his wise management of the Lebanese political crisis, especially after the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his return.
“Lebanon now is in a better position than it was a month ago, especially since the spirit of national unity was clearly manifested in the country; this thing has given an opportunity to address a lot of issues that require follow-up,” Jarvis said.
He also stressed the Fund’s readiness to provide the necessary assistance to the Lebanese government on matters within its competence.
For his part, President Aoun explained to the delegation the measures adopted by the state to deal with the financial and economic issues in the country, especially in the preparation process of the 2018 draft budget, not to mention the economic plan and options that will be adopted to activate the production sectors.
The President also pointed to the launch of oil and gas exploration in Lebanon, as well as the measures adopted to reduce spending and to activate the work of the supervisory bodies to continue to fight corruption.
“Work remains underway to achieve reform in public administrations and institutions, and appointments are part of this process,” Aoun said.
On another level, President Aoun discussed with the President of the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Lebanon, Rev. Salim Sahyouni, and the President of the Union of French Evangelical Churches, Rev. Francois Claveroli, the situation of Christians in Lebanon, especially members of the Evangelical community.
Discussions also touched on the evangelical community’s rejection to the US Jerusalem decision.