BEIRUT: The Countess of Wessex, Sophie, met this week with Lebanese and Syrian women taking part in a program in Aley’s Baysour seeking to tackle sociocultural challenges, a statement from the British Embassy reported Friday.
The Mechanisms for Social Stability program, established in 2014, is part of a broader project by the United Nations Development Program project in partnership with the Social Affairs Ministry. The initiative aims to support infrastructure projects, bolster employment opportunities and stimulate local economies through a variety of projects across several sectors.
The countess is the wife of Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
She arrived in the country earlier this week on her first visit to Lebanon, along with the United Kingdom’s minister of state for the commonwealth and the United Nations, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon.
On Thursday, the last day of her visit, the countess also met with President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and participated in the queen’s birthday party at the British Embassy.
During the party, the countess read a message from the queen to the Lebanese people, in which she expressed hope that “the strong bond of friendship between our two countries will continue for many years.”
“The United Kingdom recognizes Lebanon as a symbol of diversity, tolerance and resilience. ... Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to the people of Lebanon,” the queen’s message read.
This article was amended on Friday, June 14 2019
This article originally stated that the countess of Wessex’s meeting in Aley took place Friday, when in fact it was held Thursday. The Daily Star regrets the error.