ArmInfo. In honor of the Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who was in Lebanon on an official visit, an official dinner was given on behalf of the Armenian leader Serzh Sargsyan. The press service of the RA leader told ArmInfo.
In his speech, the Armenian President noted that the Armenian-Lebanese friendship stretches from the streets of Beirut to the streets of Beirut in the heart of Yerevan, and the bust of the world-famous Lebanese writer, philosopher and cultural figure Gibran Khalil Gibran, located in the heart of Yerevan.
"Undoubtedly, with all this, the Armenian community of Lebanon, with its peaceful and creative life, with undivided devotion to Lebanon and filial love to Armenia, is intertwined in the best way.The Armenian spirit is present everywhere in the Beirut streets: I am filled with a feeling of great pride that our compatriots were able to prove themselves in the best way as worthy and law-abiding citizens in all spheres of public life, contributing to the development and prosperity of Lebanon, and I am filled with a feeling of great gratitude to the people of Li Ana, the leadership of Lebanon, that the Armenians are given the opportunity to express themselves, "- said the Armenian leader.
Sargsyan expressed gratitude to the friendly Lebanon for the fact that in the tragic moments of the history they were close to the Armenian people, because they hospitably accepted part of the Armenian people who had escaped from the Genocide. "Unfortunately, today the Middle East continues to experience all the new tragedies that confirm that the mindset in the 21st century that reigns during the Armenian Genocide is still preserved, therefore, our struggle aimed at overcoming this has not been completed. Armenia to support Lebanon and express hope that the bearer of the eternal wisdom and patriotic values of the Lebanese people will overcome all challenges with honor and cohesion peculiar to it, "Sargsyan said.
At the same time, the Armenian leader expressed confidence that the issues that were discussed during the visit of the Lebanese President and the agreements reached in the near future will be implemented in a new way, enriching the substantive agenda of the Armenian-Lebanese cooperation. "The well-known Arab wisdom says that a true friend is one soul in two bodies, I think this best describes the Armenian-Lebanese relations, where there are no insoluble issues, where mutual understanding of the parties best serves the well-being and sustainable development of the two peoples," the Armenian President summed up. In turn, Lebanon's President Michel Aoun noted that the encumbered such historical faith and sacrifice the past can not be traditional and traditional. "We have chosen two memorials, which are witnesses of this history - visited the Cathedral of Echmiadzin - one of the oldest churches in the world, where this feeling of the strength of faith manifests itself in the decorated walls of the church and the worship of the spirit. This faith made the Armenian people the leader of nations and nations, officially proclaiming their identity and faith in the course of the first centuries. This required courage and sacrifice when Roman persecutions reached their climax.
The second is a memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, where before the eternal fire and cruel images of children, women and men, reflecting heroism, suffering and wounds of the whole people, the heart begins to beat faster. These horrible pictures reveal the existence of the idea of destruction, which at the beginning of the last century engulfed all of our East. This way of thinking in everyone who is different, saw the enemy to be killed, destroyed his culture and civilization, and this gave rise to the most terrible massacres, leaving behind millions of victims. Both our people are victims of this idea: the Armenian people were killed by the sword, the Lebanese people - by hunger. Unfortunately, the same way of thinking emerged in recent years, taking away hundreds of thousands of victims. I am sure, not to recognize the mass murders of the past and the lack of an account for them, stimulate the current rout, "the Lebanese President said.