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Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets with a delegation from Barclay Bank (Dalati & Nohra)

Beirut – Lebanese President Michel Aoun reiterated his pledge to build a strong Lebanese state as per the Presidential oath, especially in terms of respecting the constitution and the implementation of laws.

“The Lebanese expectations of this presidential era are high; however, reform cannot be achieved in just seven months because disruption is easy and fast, whereas reconstruction requires time and patience,” Aoun said on Tuesday before a delegation from the town of Ghazir in Keserouan.

“Today, we are suffering from a cultural crisis as we lack a complete political culture due to lack of knowledge on the true concept of the state,” the president said.

“We have begun to study the ways in which the government can help to make our economy based on production on not on the renter approach,” he added.

Aoun praised efforts exerted by the Lebanese Army and security forces to maintain stability across the country, promising to achieve more positive results in the economic and development fields.

“The Lebanese should have confidence that reform will be achieved and there is no way to steer clear from this fact,” the Lebanese president added.

Also on Tuesday, he received a delegation from Barclays Bank, including the Chairman of the Regional Board, Makram Azar, and the Regional Head of Markets at the Bank, Walid Mezher, who briefed the President on the Bank’s activities in Lebanon and the region, especially in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

The two officials expressed Barclays’ desire to contribute to the development of the Lebanese economy, especially as Barclays participated in the issuance of treasury bonds by the Ministry of Finance.