British ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Thursday, May 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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When I arrived, my first email said 'welcome to Lebanon, your files have been corrupted'.Kahlil Gibran said 'you have your Lebanon, I have mine'. When the Middle East was in flames, and its people caught between tyrants and terrorists, the Lebanon I will remember sent its soldiers to protect the borders; confronted daily frustrations to build businesses and to educate its children; and showed extraordinary generosity to outsiders, be they ambassadors or refugees. The Lebanon I will remember is not asking for help, but for oxygen. People will look back at what we have come through and ask how Lebanon survived? But we already know the answer: Never underestimate the most resilient people on the planet. Building international conspiracies for Lebanon, not against it.If the politics don't work, build a new politics.If Lebanon doesn't work, build a new Lebanon.I and the brilliant embassy team are still buying shares in Lebanon 2020 . I'm finishing my time as an ambassador to Lebanon, but with your permission I'll always be an ambassador for Lebanon. Tom Fletcher is the outgoing British ambassador to Lebanon.
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