President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, described the relations between Lebanon and Brazil as "historic because what brings together our two countries is a humanitarian bond, stronger and deeper than any other bond."
President Aoun expressed his pride in the achievements made by the Lebanese expatriates spread across all continents, especially those residing in Latin America and Brazil, underlining the intention to "strengthen communication between Lebanese residents and expats."
"The recent Diaspora Energy conferences organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants are proof of this intention which is paired practically with the ratification of the law to restore citizenship in favor of those of Lebanese origin. A significant number of Lebanese-Brazilians have benefited from this law and we hope this number would increase," the President said during his meeting at the Baabda Palace with the Brazilian State Minister for Strategic Affairs, Hussein Kalout, and an accompanying delegation, in the presence of Brazil's Ambassador to Lebanon, Georges Geraldo Qadri.
The President's guests relayed a message from his Brazilian counterpart, Michel Tamer, holding greetings and wishes to Aoun for success in leading the Lebanese march.
In his message, Tamer touched on the historic relations between Lebanon and Brazil. "I hope this relation will deepen through the expansion of partnership," he said.
"I am confident that, through your experience and expertise, Lebanon will develop its capabilities and ensure the promotion of democracy, stability and prosperity for its people," the Brazilian President added.
Aoun, in turn, welcomed the Brazilian presidential envoy and conveyed his greetings to President Tamer, thanking Brazil for its contribution to the international forces operating within the UNIFIL in the South.
The Head of State expressed pleasure at welcoming President Tamer in Lebanon, pointing at a series of cooperation agreements between the two countries, including a military cooperation agreement signed between the Lebanese and Brazilian armies.
"Lebanon has signed a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of a free zone with the Mercosur countries and is awaiting the approval of the concerned countries to join in," Aoun said.
"The direct flight route between Beirut and Madrid, which was launched at the beginning of June, has had a positive impact on the movement of travelers from Latin American countries," he said, hoping for a direct route between Brazil and Lebanon.
The Minister of State, who is also of Lebanese origin, thanked President Aoun for his warm welcoming, and underlined the importance of Lebanese-Brazilian relations and the desire of Brazilian President Michel Tamer to promote them in all fields.
He noted that Tamer's visit to Beirut would be during the second half of the month of October.
The Minister expressed his country's readiness to support the Lebanese Army, either through increased training courses for officers and military personnel, or through the provision of assistance and exchange of experiences and information.
"Brazil will continue to participate in the UNIFIL naval force and is ready to increase the number of Brazilian troops if necessary," he said.
Source: National News Agency