There were many accounts reported by the Lebanese media about the goals of Aoun’s visit to Damascus at this particular time, which coincides with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri’s call, yesterday, Monday, for a session to elect a president for the country on June 14.
On his first visit in nearly 14 years, former Lebanese President Michel Aoun met today, Tuesday, with the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad, in Damascus, in a surprising move that raised several speculations about its goals and the files that will be put on the dialogue table.
During his meeting with Aoun, Al-Assad said, “Lebanon’s strength lies in its political and economic stability, and that the Lebanese are capable of creating this stability through dialogue and consensus, and most importantly by adhering to principles, and not betting on changes,” noting that “Lebanon’s stability is in the interest of Syria and the region in general.”
Al-Assad affirmed that Aoun had a role in preserving the brotherly relationship between Syria and Lebanon for the benefit of the two countries.
President Al-Assad considered that Syria and Lebanon cannot look at their challenges separately from each other, pointing out that the Arab-Arab rapprochement that took place recently and was manifested in the Jeddah Arab Summit, will have a positive impact on Syria and Lebanon.
The Syrian news agency, SANA, published Aoun’s statements during the meeting, in which he stressed that “the Lebanese people adhere to their national unity despite all circumstances.” And he considered that “Syria has passed the difficult and dangerous stage, and its rise and prosperity will reflect well on Lebanon and the Lebanese.”
It is worth noting that this visit comes at a time when the Lebanese are waiting for the political forces to agree to nominate a president to fill the vacant seat since October 30, 2022. Yesterday, Monday, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri called for a session to elect a president for the country on June 14. .
Aoun, who is 89 years old, held the position of President of the Republic in Lebanon between October 31, 2016 and October 30, 2022.