Richard said Gebran embodied the cultural and artistic ties between the U.S. and Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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The United States Embassy in Lebanon shifted its focus from political and economic ties to cultural diplomacy Wednesday, throwing an event to honor the works of Gebran Khalil Gebran. The answer to why Gebran was chosen, according to the embassy's Cultural Affairs Attache Kristin Smith, is that the poet functions as a symbol for the deep relationship between Lebanon and the United States. Gebran emigrated from Bsharri to the U.S. in 1895, before moving back to Lebanon three years later.U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard, in her address to the attendees, called for a renewed focus on culture and the arts."We're dedicated to this – we're dedicated to preserving the cultural patrimony we have here in Lebanon, which is [important] for all of the world because of the long history here," Richard said.The night was about enjoying art, and enjoying each other's company, she added.
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