MOUAWAD SAYS SAUDI ARABIA HAS ALWAYS STOOD BY LEBANON AND ITS LEGITIMATE INSTITUTIONS / AL-BUKHARI COMMENDS THE RENE MOUAWAD FOUNDATION MESSAGE, ‘CONCERNED WITH THE EMPOWERMENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL’

The Rene Mouawad Foundation Executive Chairman, MP Michel Mouawad, praised "the long-existing historical relationship between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia," adding that "the Saudi Kingdom has always stood by the State of Lebanon and its legitimate institutions, supporting its dignity, unity and economic and social stability."

For his part, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, Waleed Al-Bukhari, expressed his admiration for the message of the "Rene Mouawad Foundation", which is concerned with the empowerment of the individual and human being, and "the confidence it was able to receive from the international community," promising "joint cooperation between the Kingdom and the Foundation."

Mouawad and Al-Bukhari's words came during the Saudi Ambassador's visit to the Rene Mouawad Foundation earlier today, within the framework of activating the partnership between the Foundation and the Kingdom's institutions.

In his welcoming speech, Mouawad thanked Al-Bukhari for his visit "to the institution bearing the name of a Lebanese President whose election was closely linked to the Taef Accord, and whose assassination was a serious attempt to assassinate this agreement in its sovereign dimension and the partnership existing between the Lebanese."

"This calls to mind the history of the Kingdom, which has always stood by Lebanon, its sovereignty, unity, legitimate institutions and economic and social stability," said Mouawad.

"This visit is not only of an acquaintance nature, but also a foundational one along the path of initiating joint action and a strategic partnership between the Rene Mouawad Foundation and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a partnership based on a single theme of sustainable development," the MP corroborated.

Mouawad stressed that "agriculture is a strategic need for Lebanon and its social stability, for there is nothing more important than the agricultural sector to ensure balanced development, which is not only a grant but a local economy and a sustainable economic cycle."

"The Lebanese private sector is interested in investing in the agricultural sector, but we need to acquaint it with its role and what it can offer to this sector, and this idea of sustainable development," he underlined.

Mouawad thanked Saudi Arabia for providing "job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Lebanese," and hoped that "this partnership will be an opportunity to develop the agricultural sector in all of Lebanon from the far north to the far south."

For his part, Al-Bukhari thanked Mouawad and the Rene Mouawad Foundation and its staff for their "warm hospitality," expressing admiration and optimism for what he witnessed during the tour.

"I congratulate you on this institution, which seeks to push Lebanon towards prosperity, and my visit comes within the framework of seeking joint coordination between the Kingdom and the Foundation, and putting the experiences of the Foundation into 'on-ground implementation' mode through joint cooperation," the Saudi diplomat asserted.

Source: National News Agency