Aoun talks government formation, water resources with visitors

President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, held a series of meetings this afternoon at the Baabda Palace, which ranged between follow-up on the latest political developments in terms of forming a new government, to discussion over water resources and the developmental needs of a number of Lebanese regions, in addition to the reality of the audiovisual media in Lebanon.

Politically, President Aoun received MP Fouad Makhzoumi and held a round of talks with him on the current political developments and the government updates and the need to speed up the process.

In the presence of caretaker Minister of Energy and Water, Cesar Abi Khalil, President Aoun discussed the water wealth issue in Lebanon with the Chairman of the French Water Academy, former Minister Brice Lalonde, the Permanent Secretary of the Overseas Academy of Sciences in France, Pierre Gini, Director General of Water and Electrical Resources, Dr. Fadi Qumair, and Director of Sustainable Development and Productivity at ESCWA, Dr. Roula Majdalani.

Mr. Lolande tackled the ongoing cooperation between Lebanon and the Water Academy in France and ways of developing it, while Prof. Geni invited President Aoun to give a lecture at the Academy of Overseas Sciences in France.

The President welcomed his guests, stressing "the importance of water resources in Lebanon, estimated at 8 billion cubic meters," and underling the concern he showed towards "preserving those resources through the construction of a series of water dams to be completed in succession in the coming years."

President Aoun also focused on "the importance he attaches to environmental affairs, particularly forest wealth, and his sponsorship of the Lebanon Foresting Project."

During the meeting, Dr. Qumair presented President Aoun with a copy of his new book "Hydrodiplomatie et Nexus: Eau, Energie, Alimentation", which will be launched this afternoon at the Francophone Book Fair at the new Biel Center in Beirut.

Among the Baabda visitors for today was the President of the National Council for Audio-Visual Media, Abdel Hadi Mahfouz, who discussed with President Aoun the general affairs and work of the Council, and the reality of audiovisual institutions in Lebanon.

Aoun also welcomed the Chairman of the Lebanese National Energy Association (LNE), Fadi Jreissati, who thanked the President for his sponsorship of the "Mind the Gap" conference which focuses on the role of Lebanese women and highlighting those who have different abilities and skills. The conference will be held next Saturday at the Conference Palace in Dayeh.

Source: National News Agency