People attend the Lebanese Diaspora Energy Conference in Abidjan, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (The Daily Star/Tayyar, HO)
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The second day of a major diaspora conference Saturday in the Ivory Coast focused on investment and economic opportunities for those living outside Lebanon and the importance of maintaining a national identity, a foreign ministry statement said.?The ministry said that the two seminars of the second day of the Lebanese Diaspora Energy Conference in Abidjan would focus on the concept of "Lebanity," a word used by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and his ministry to describe Lebanese identity.?"The seminar will highlight the importance of this concept and the need to preserve the Lebanese identity and the Arabic language," the ministry said.?The statement said that the meet would also touch on the restoration of Lebanese nationality to the large number of Lebanese expatriates across the world, one of the main features of Bassil's tenure at the ministry.?The LDE conference is a regular convention that aims to bring Lebanese around the world together.
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