Saturday June 6, 1998
H. E. General M. Aoun arrived in Sydney International Airport, Australia, on Saturday June 6, 1998, 2:45pm (Australia Time) on a KLM civilian airline. On his arrival Australian officials were there to greet him with thousands of Lebanese citizens carrying banners that had words of greeting in both English and Lebanese.
The arrival area and part of the runway was covered with the greeters chanting phrases that were used in the "House of the People" in Baabda.
The parking area and garages were packed with vehicles decorated with both the Lebanese and Australian flags.
The Australian officials and international news agencies report that this airport has never had such a large crowd to greet an arrival.
The Australian government opened the doors to its Honorary Hall to welcome H. E. General M. Aoun.
In view of the large number of greeters the Australian government provided H. E. General M. Aoun with the Royal Australian Guard and he was transported in an Official Royal Australian car which bares both the Lebanese and Australian flag.
H. E. General M. Aouns vehicle contained both H. E. General M. Aoun and his wife Mrs. Nadia Aoun with accompanied by an Australian official and Pierre Raffoul followed by thousands of vehicles decorated with Lebanese and Australian flags and pictures of H. E. General M. Aoun. The motorcade stretched over several kilometres in Sydney.
Sunday June 7, 1998 will be a day full with meetings with officials in the Australian government in which Lebanese issues will be discussed in depth.
Later during the day, there will be a very large gathering for H. E. General M. Aoun to meet the Lebanese people which have awaited his visit. This will be the first visit H. E. General M. Aoun since his entrance to France in 1991.
In this visit H. E. General M. Aoun will conduct lectures and discussions about the Middle East and the Lebanese Situation at The Centre of Studies for Peace & Conflicts in Sydney University, Australia. These conferences will be broadcasted by both radio and television by National and Lebanese television and news agencies. Also meetings will be conducted with Human Rights organisations explaining the desperate situation and the abuse of human rights that the Lebanese people are suffering due to occupation of the Lebanese land by Syria and Israel.
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