Pharaon: Selfdistancing does not mean separating Lebanon from its history, Arabism and appreciation of its friends

APRIL 3, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Tourism Minister, Michel Pharaon, considered Friday that “self-distancing does not mean separating Lebanon from its history and Arabism and the appreciation of its friends, especially the Gulf States which have stood by the Lebanese State throughout the past ten years.”

Pharaon’s words came during a 2-day visit to Akkar, where he will be patronizing the launching of the “Lebanon Mountain Trail” which will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday from the town of Andakt.

“When we speak of a national or touristic road map, we can say that Akkar is not considered a peripheral part of Lebanon but rather lies in the heart of it,” said Pharaon, praising the beauty of the region in both its people and mother nature.

“Akkar has always been, and still is, the Lebanese army tank, ensuring Lebanon’s sovereignty, freedom and democracy and adhering to the State and its institutions and defending the country’s borders and human civilization,” Pharaon added.

“Amidst the events taking place outside Lebanon, it becomes our duty and a dire necessity to protect the borders of this land and its civilization, and also safeguard our political agreement to preserve the nation’s security and stability,” Pharaon indicated.

SOURCE: NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON