France’s President Emmanuel Macron started the Lebanon trip on Monday by meeting iconic singer Fairuz at her home in Beirut, however, she was not the only iconic singer he met during his visit.
The Elysee reported last Friday that Macron was also scheduled to meet members of Lebanon’s political leadership as he returns to the country in search of serious reform.
The French President arrived in Beirut for his second visit to Lebanon after the massive blast which hit the city port on August 4th, and killed 190 and displaced hundreds of families.
Macron was received by President Michel Aoun and newly appointed Prime Minister-designate Mostafa Adib at the airport.
“I tell the Lebanese that you are brothers of the French. As I promised you, I am returning to Beirut to review developments regarding emergency aid and to work together to create the necessary conditions for reconstruction and stability,” the French president tweeted after he landed.
“I made a commitment to her [Fairouz], as I make a commitment to you here tonight, to do everything so that reforms are implemented and that Lebanon receives better. I promise you. I won’t leave you,” Macron told a protesting crown after leaving the singer’s house.
The French president described his meeting with Fairouz as “very beautiful, very strong.”
“I told her everything that she represented to me, of a Lebanon that we love and that many are expectant of, a nostalgia that many have.” Macron added.
Majida El Roumi Reveals Details of Her Meeting with Macron
The French President also met with famed Lebanese soprano Majida El Roumi on the same day he met Fairuz.
The Lebanese soprano revealed on social media the details of her meeting with Macron, noting that the French president invited her to a reception held at the official residence of the French ambassador to Lebanon, on September 1st.
She unveiled in a video that they talked about how they can cooperate with each other to help Lebanon.
El Roumi added that she told Macron that she is willing to organize a concert sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture, with its revenues will be allocated for the aid of the families of the victims and those whose homes have been destroyed.
She revealed that thanked the French president for what he had provided to Lebanon and that she was greatly affected by his visit to Mrs. Fairouz, who touches the spirit of the beautiful exiled Lebanon that we love. The Lebanese soprano noted that saw tears in his eyes and was very moved.
“I felt that the visit was not only for me but for the entire Lebanese people; I also felt his message that Lebanon and its people will be well, telling us that you will all be fine.” she added.
— Majida El Roumi ماجدة الرومي (@majidaelroumi) September 2, 2020