Celebration of the Australian Embassy in Beirut in year 2012
Successful relations between Australia and Lebanon
(Translation of this article appears in Arabic section)
H.E Lex Bartlem the Australian Ambassador to Lebanon called to a reception at his residence in Beirut, celebrating the Lebanese Australian relations marked this year by successes and momentum.
The celebration was attended by officials from various ministries and public and private sectors, including Freij Sabounjian Minister of Industry, H.E minister Faisal Karami, MP Kazem Al-Kheir, former Ambassador Naji Abi Assi General manager of the presidential palace, Minister Salim Warde, Ambassador Mustafa Adib Adviser to Prime Minister, Ambassador Mira Daher Director of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Consul Henry Kastoun, and Consul Maher Kheir Head of Africa, Asia and Australia Department....
Ambassador Bartlem welcomed the attendees praising their contribution to promote bilateral relations between the two countries, and commended President Michel Suleiman visit to Australia which was a good omen for these relationships and a significant support to move it forward within fraternity and friendship. Senior Australian officials visited Lebanon in 2012 including: Barry O 'Fareell Premier of New South Wales, followed by the visit of Australian's Parliament Speaker Mr. Peter Slipper and the Governor General of the State of Victoria Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Mr. Alex Chernov, and Chris Bowen the Minister of Immigration …
He talked about the relationship which goes back to decades and combines both countries based on mutual respect and faith in democracy and human rights and returned in history back to 1941, when more than 18000 Australian troops came to Lebanon from Palestine to participate in several battles in that time ... He also praised the Lebanese community honorable history in Australia and their contributions and constructive sacrifices, at all levels on the Australian ground.