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Aoun, Sarkozy tackle overall situation

President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, on Monday welcomed at the Baabda palace former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, currently on a private visit to Lebanon.

During the meeting, Aoun and Sarkozy discussed the bilateral Lebanese-French relations and issues of mutual concern.

The pair also held a tour d'horizon bearing on the current local and regional situation, and Lebanon's stance vis-a-vis these developments.

Sarkozy expressed confidence in the Lebanese people's ability to overcome the difficult circumstances they are currently enduring, hailing the wise role of President Aoun in guiding Lebanon towards the safety shores.

Aoun welcomed Sarkozy in Lebanon, hailing the longstanding historic bonds between Lebanon and France.

On the other hand, Aoun received former Minister Elie Marouni, with whom he discussed the general situation in the country, in addition to a number of developmental projects related to the district of Zahle and the Beqa.

Marouni voiced his support to Aoun's efforts in addressing the current soico-economic situation.

The head of the state also met respectively with Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Jbeil and Batroun (Mount Lebanon) Bishop Silouan Moussi, and the newly appointed Lebanon's Ambassador to Hungary Joanna Al-Qazi.

Source: National News Agency