The Lebanese American Council for Democracy honored His Excellency Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Gibran Bassil on March 21, 2017, at a reception in Washington, D.C. The event was attended by LACD President Dr. Joseph Khalil, LACD Vice-President Salim Sassine, LACD Secretary Joey Chbeir, LACD Treasurer Jules Choueifaty, California Chapter President Marc Najjar, Board Members Edgar Aramouni and Tony Haddad, as well as LACD members from Alabama, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and Virginia.
Dr. Khalil launched the event by recognizing all mothers and welcoming LACD members. He then briefly explained the role and objectives of the LACD, such as helping Lebanon, reclaiming the Lebanese identity, and supporting the Lebanese government and military. He urged all Lebanese Americans to join the LACD family and contribute in any way they can.
Afterword, Dr. Khalil warmly welcomed HE Minister Bassil and Mrs. Bassil, the Minister’s team of advisors, as well as the Lebanese former Ambassador Abdallah Bou Habib. Subsequently, Minister Bassil addressed the crowd and opened with an honorable recognition of all mothers who “selflessly and endlessly give." He noted that FPM’s members will similarly keep giving to Lebanon, without expecting anything in return. HE acknowledged and thanked the LACD for organizing and hosting the event and stressed on the strong alignment of the LACD’s and FPM’s mission in preserving the unity and security of Lebanon. HE expressed his hope to have an LACD chapter “in every state and major city in the U.S.” and illuminated the importance of the Lebanese Diaspora in supporting Lebanon and its growth. Furthermore, HE highlighted the need for the LACD to operate under U.S. Laws in order to support Lebanon and its democracy, as it offers an excellent platform to exemplify and sustain the Lebanese identity. Minister Bassil also announced few upcoming events and considered them perfect opportunities to recruit new members, collaborate, expand, and be more influential in supporting Lebanon. Lastly, HE promised that Lebanon is heading toward more greatness, due to FPM’s notable perseverance. HE used the acquisition of the presidency against all odds as a powerful example to assure the implementation of a new electoral law, the extraction of oil, and the achievement of all other goals.
Upon concluding his speech, the Executive Board presented Minister Bassil a recognition plaque, engraved with the message, “The Lebanese American Council for Democracy honors His Excellency Gibran Bassil, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, for your outstanding work serving people of Lebanese descent around the globe."
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