The sixth Congress of the World Lebanese Cultural Union has opened in Beirut with a message of support from President Carter of the United States.
The sixth Congress of the World Lebanese Cultural Union has opened in Beirut with a message of support from President Carter of the United States. Mr. Carter said there must be additional efforts to support the Lebanese President Elias Sarkis, in the reconstruction of the country after the civil war.
SYNOPSIS: There was a musical welcome for the Lebanese Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Fouad Butros, who was to open the Congress on behalf of President Sarkis.
The World Lebanese Cultural Union is a grouping of Lebanese emigrants who're pledged to help their home country, wherever they might live. Their importance was stressed at a Lebanese cabinet meeting, which Mr. Butros attended before the Congress opened, and at which President Sarkis said Congress members were the country's best apostles. Mr. Butros welcomed delegates at the Congress to the land of their fathers and ancestors. He said their presence in Lebanon at this time was the best proof of the ties which united them all.
In his welcoming speech, Mr. Butros said Lebanon needed its emigrants as it had never needed them before. The Lebanese government, he went on, had started working among the ruins, reviving the country, seeking a life of dignity and freedom which could not be attained except through a unity of purpose, built on solid foundations. Mr. Butros added that they were working towards a peaceful and independent Lebanon which could play a proper role in the Arab world and the international community.