BAABDA–Accompanied by the chairman of Central Executive Council Andre Tabourian–His Holiness Aram I Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia met with Lebanese President Emil Lahoud on September 15–at the presidential palace in the city of Baabda.
His Holiness congratulated Lahoud on the recent extension of his presidential term and added that it is his desire to see the government continue its work for peace–regional stability–and economic development.
Catholicos Aram I moved on to state that the president must take the lead in unifying the various ethnic and religious communities of Lebanon–and strengthening the bond between the government and the country’s citizenry. In response to the controversy surrounding the proportional decline of ethnic Armenian deputies in parliament–His Holiness noted–"It is our demand to see the injustice committed against the Armenian community reversed and corrected."
In addition–the Catholicos spoke about his recent trip to South Korea–where he met with President Roh Moo Hyun.
After commending the Catholicos for his contributions not only to Lebanon–but also the international community in general–President Lahoud stressed that cooperation amongst the communities of Lebanon is of the utmost importance to his government and assured His Holiness that the Armenian community will receive proper representation in the country’s legislature.