NNA – At the invitation of the President of the Lebanese-French Parliamentary Friendship Committee, MP Simon Abi Ramia, a declaration of cooperation agreement was signed today between the District of Byblos, represented by the head of the Union of Municipalities, Fadi Martinos, and the French region Provence-Alpes Cote d’Azur, represented by the President of the Region, Renaud Muselier, during a ceremony held at the Hotel Byblos Sur Mer on Sunday.
Members of Parliament Abi Ramia and Ziad al-Hawat, as well as the CEO of Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Corporation, Jean Gibran, the Mayor of Jbeil, Natalie El-Khoury, and several mayors, association leaders, and members of the French delegation. attended the event.
In his speech on the occasion, Abi Ramia welcomed the members of the French delegation and the attendees, highlighting the importance of this agreement. “It is a great pleasure and an honor for me to be among you as a citizen and representative of the Byblos region, and to tell you about an achievement that brings hope for the future… The result of the talks with the Union of Municipalities of the region of Byblos and the joint signing by the two regions of the declaration of intent that brings us together today is, first of all, part of the similarity between the PACA and Byblos regions on various levels, above all the geographical configuration and the special proximity between the sea and the high mountains that are suitable for various winter and summer sports…”, he stated.
Abi Ramia also pointed out other points of similarity between both regions, “particularly in their belonging to the Mediterranean and their history, which entails a common civilization and destiny; in addition to the richness of linguistic and cultural diversity, which leads to dialogue and coexistence far from conflicts and wars”.
“It is part of the ‘Partnership for the Future’ perspective that ensures innovative and productive collaborations that generate projects and jobs aligned with respect for the environment and sustainable development, stopping youth migration and avoiding demographic change in the population pyramid”, Abi Ramia stressed.
In turn, Muselier expressed his joy at being in Lebanon and the ancient city of Jbeil, saying, “Our visit is one of brotherhood and solidarity to emphasize the strong relations between our two countries and peoples that are most deeply rooted throughout history, and that the region of the south of France, Provence, the Alps and the Côte d’Azur, is doing everything in its power to help Lebanon and contribute to its development and the advancement of its economic life.”
He added: “We cannot remain inactive in the face of the suffering of the Lebanese people and the economic crisis they are enduring, which is why we are here today for greater cooperation within the basic sectors of a dignified life.”
Muselier called on Lebanese politicians to “play their part to save their country and elect a new president for the republic within the constitutional deadlines” and to “form a government capable of meeting the challenges and saving the country”, noting that ” The international community cannot help Lebanon if its people, especially those responsible, do not do their part and do not respect the constitutional deadlines”. “.
He pointed out “the importance of signing this agreement today, which will be followed by other agreements,” praising “the role of deputy Abi Ramia in consolidating relations between the two countries and their peoples.”
After the signing of the agreement between Martinos and Muselier, souvenirs were exchanged and then the attendees accepted Abi Ramia’s invitation to a banquet lunch offered in honor of the members of the delegation and attending guests.
The delegation, accompanied by parliamentarian Abi Ramia, also toured the city of Byblos where they were informed about its various archaeological and tourist attractions.
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