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National Day 2015

A festive reception was organised in the Hyatt Hotel on the occasion of the 72nd National Day of Lebanon. The program began by observing a moment of silence for the innocent victims of the attacks in Beirut and Paris.  Guests were welcomed by the Ambassador of Lebanon in Belgrade H.E. Dr. Toufic JABER.  “Perhaps it is a strange coincidence that these two cities simultaneously shared the same pain and suffering after they shared and continue to share common values of freedom, humanity and democracy, and perhaps that is why Beirut is called the Paris of the Middle East,” the Ambassador said.

Ambassador JABER reminded that terrorists have taken lives of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.  “With their horrendous behaviour, those terrorists want us to be scared, to view our countrymen with mistrust, and to sacrifice our liberties for our security. But we tell those terrorists – you have lost,” the Ambassador said. He reminded that the Lebanese people were on the same path of their Phoenician ancestors who, throughout the history, have overcome hardships and mastered the art of survival.

The reception was attended by numerous invitees, among others the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica DAČIĆ, the Minister of Trade and Tourism Rasim LJAJIĆ, the Director of Government’s Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko DJURIĆ, the advisor to the President Oliver ANTIĆ, as well as renowned persons from the political, cultural and public life of Serbia, and representatives of the diplomatic corps.

Speech of the Ambassador of Lebanon in Belgrade H.E. Dr. Toufic Jaber:

Honorable Guests,

Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me first to ask you to observe a moment of silence for the innocent victims of the attacks in Beirut and Paris.

Perhaps it is a strange coincidence that Beirut and Paris simultaneously shared the same pain and suffering after they shared and continue to share common values of freedom, humanity and democracy, and perhaps that is why Beirut is called the Paris of the Middle East.

Thursday and Friday nights last week in Beirut and Paris, terrorists took the lives of many loved ones: mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. With their horrendous behavior, those terrorists want us to be scared, to view other countrymen with mistrust, and to sacrifice our liberties for our security.

But we tell those terrorists you have lost. We shall not allow you to take our anger or humanity. You will not have our hatred. Because according to GIBRAN KHALIL GIBRAN:

Responding to “hatred with anger is falling victim to the same ignorance that has made TERRORISTS what they are.

 “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness

and despair, but manifestations of strength

and resolution. And out of suffering have emerged the

strongest souls.”

Now we all share the same goal of combating terrorism in all its forms, and the brave Lebanese people are fighting the same battle.

The Lebanese people are on the same path of their Phoenician ancestors who, throughout the history, overcame hardships and mastered the art of survival. They have also inherited from their ancestors the capacity to be like the Phoenix – reborn from its own ashes only to emerge stronger than before.

And as it is rightfully said, that states are not regimes, slogans or laws and regulations – states are the people, made by the People and for the People. This is Lebanon.

Lebanon, like Serbia, will remain the country that sets and example of multicultural coexistence and promotes the victory of life over terror. In this regard, allow me to present to you a Lebanese Folk Dance Group who came from Beirut to promote the victory of life.

Thank you my dear friends and colleagues.