(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNA
Beirut: Lebanese National Library in Beirut, which was revived using Qatar funding, was inaugurated yesterday by the Lebanese President Michel Aoun.
The opening ceremony was attended by Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Al-Hariri in the presence of Ambassador of Qatar to Lebanon Mohammed Bin Hassan Al Jaber.
In a speech at the ceremony, Aoun extended thanks to the Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Father Amir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and the Qatari Government, which have provided $25m funding for the rehabilitation of the National Library.
For his part, the Ambassador of Qatar, conveyed the greetings of the Amir and his congratulations to Lebanon, President, Government and people on the inauguration of this cultural edifice in the center of the capital, Beirut, which has attracted many cultures and civilizations.
The Ambassador said that the Amir had directed to follow up the efforts made by the Father Amir since 2006, to promote the National Library in Lebanon.
He noted that HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser laid the foundation stone for the National Library Revival Project in the heart of Beirut on May 10, 2009, in the belief that it is necessary to preserve the great historical heritage of Lebanon and enrich it with successive civilizations and cultures to highlight Beirut as the eternal capital of culture, thought, science and knowledge.
He pointed out that the Qatari contribution to the revival of the Lebanese intellectual and scientific history in this project is a reflection of Qatari realization on investing in human beings to preserve its culture and history.
'We, in spite of all the conditions of the siege imposed on the State of Qatar, are committed to fulfilling our commitments, and this is the State of Qatar, as you know it," he noted.
For his part, Ghattas Khoury, Minister of Culture in the Lebanese Caretaker Government, thanked in a similar speech the role of Qatar and its generous donation to revive the Lebanese National Library.