May 31, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Gibran Bassil, inaugurated the new water park in Waterland resort in the town of Ardeh in Zgharta, whereby he lauded the will power of the Lebanese people who have clung to their homeland despite all their suffering.
“It is true that the Lebanese immigrated and chose different options in different countries, but I have never seen a Lebanese who was displaced or a refugee,” commented Bassil, adding that even in the most dire of situations, the Lebanese did not ask for help from anyone.
According to the Minister the pivotal issue was not the election of a president or appointment of an army commander, but rather survival.
“The issue is that a nation like us has suffered a lot to create this space of freedom in the Eastand I tell you, no matter how small or big our number is, we will stay and continue because our faith in our country is tremendous.”
SOURCE: NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON