Caretaker Minister of Information, Manal Abdel Samad Najd, on Wednesday delivered Lebanon’s address at the 51st session of the Arab Information Ministers Council, currently being held in Cairo.
The minister affirmed that Lebanon would only be salvaged from its perilous crises through Arab and international solidarity.
“We are meeting today in the shadow of harsh and exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has imposed restrictions on travel and lifestyle, and by the ongoing tensions in some Arab countries,” Abdel Samad said, noting that Arab countries should, more than ever, feel the need to meet and unite with a spirit of partnership and constructive efforts.
“When our media does well, our countries do well,” she said, calling for consolidating positive media based on objectivity, away from bias, discrimination, and intolerance.
The Minister went on to call on Arab countries to support Beirut’s candidacy as the Arab media and information capital.
“From this podium, I renew the support of the Lebanese media for Arab countries that endure difficulties, and we call and affirm our adherence to our history, our values, and our common traditions. We endeavor to highlight their excellence in the best possible way,” she added.
Abdel Samad went on to affirm Lebanon’s ongoing and active partnership alongside its Arab brothers in the face of various challenges and crises.
“Brethren Arab countries have been and will remain the best support that has always accompanied Lebanon in all circumstances, through good initiatives, aid and commendable efforts to promote cohesion, as well as reconstruction and development in all sectors,” Abdel Samad added.