BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman praised the country’s youth for protecting Lebanon from strife before discussions on the Syria crisis with French President François Hollande in France over the weekend.
“Lebanon’s youth have the will and are capable of making wider achievements than any other country,” Sleiman said Saturday during a visit to France for the inauguration of the 7th Francophone Games in Nice.
“They resisted Israel and were able, through the Lebanese Army, to defeat terrorism too,” the president told Lebanon's delegation to the Francophone Games in southern France.
While handing over the torch of the Francophone Games held in Beirut in 2009 to the French team, Sleiman said that “ Lebanon is going through unprecedented difficult circumstances.”
The Francophone Games will run from 7 to 15 September.
During his visit, Sleiman also held talks with French President Francois Hollande over the Syrian conflict and stressed the need for a political solution in the war-torn country.
Sleiman also voiced hope that democracy will follow the turmoil gripping the Middle East, which will in turn ensure stability in the region.
“I reassure you that following the current circumstances, we will witness a breakthrough since the democracy that will be achieved around us will help us to achieve political stability,” Sleiman said.