President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, referred Saturday to the augmented government formation crisis in Lebanon.
The President recalled herein "the story of Solomon when two women came to him with a child, each claiming to be the mother...and when King Solomon ordered the child to be cut in half, the real mother cried out to him to spare his life and give the child to the other woman...at which instant Solomon knew who the real mother was..."
"Today, we wish to know who Lebanon's mother really is in order to give it to her," said Aoun, adding, "I shall suffice with that brief statement!"
The President's words came before a delegation of participants in the annual "Independence Day Race", who ran from Rashaya Castle to the Presidential Palace in Baabda "in commemoration of the independence and its men and the martyrs who fought for human freedom and the liberty of Lebanon."
Aoun congratulated the delegation members on their achievement, and on the symbols that they carried from Rashaya to Baabda.
Earlier, the President received in the presence of Youth and Sports Committee Head, MP Simon Abi Ramia, a delegation of representatives of the "Sympathy and Care Association" in Jbeil, and the teams of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq who participated in the 3rd Arab Sports Festival in Table Tennis and Basketball for people with special needs, which was recently held at President Michel Sleiman's Sports Stadium in Amchit.
Aoun warmly welcomed the delegation, praising their achievements and their "courage in exerting more efforts, maintaining their high morale, and showing their capabilities as great as those who walk on their feet and move their hands."
"The real disability is one that affects man in his heart or mind, rendering him unable to think of others or have any sympathy or passion for others...," said Aoun, stressing on the depth of appreciation for each member and promising them continuous support.
Meanwhile, the President of the Republic received more congratulatory cables marking Lebanon's Independence Day, most prominently from King Philippe of Spain, in which he stressed the depth of the friendly ties that unite his country with Lebanon, hoping for peace and prosperity for Lebanon and its beloved people.
Aoun also received a cable from Francophonie Secretary General Michaelle Jean, in which she expressed the "appreciation of the Francophone Organization for Lebanon in its defense of the universal human values it holds for a future of peace and prosperity based on solidarity among peoples." She hoped that the establishment of the Francophonie Regional Center in Beirut would help to consolidate this message.
Source: National News Agency