Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Wednesday extolled the humanity of the Lebanese people towards war refugees, deploring the failure of the West to fulfill its obligations vis-a-vis humans and their rights.
"My official visit to Lebanon, for which I must thank President Michel Aoun, is a crucial occasion not only to underscore the deep and constructive friendship between the two countries, but also to give a more promising dimension to our cooperation," Pavlopoulos said, interviewed in a phone call by Director of the Lebanese National News Agency, Laure Sleiman.
The Greek President added that the critical situation in the Middle East necessitated cooperation between Lebanon and Greece, especially considering the history and civilization of the two countries.
"As a matter of fact, the harmonious and uninterrupted dialogue between our legendary civilizations can definitely make a contribution in that respect," he said.
"I have seized the opportunity presented to me by this visit, to salute Lebanon and the Lebanese people, for their characteristic humanity towards the refugees of war in the Middle East," he stressed, adding that the Europeans owe the Lebanese.
He finally maintained that Greece was always ready to defend the right of Lebanon and the Lebanese people to live in their country, with its territorial integrity and national sovereignty guaranteed.