Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Wednesday announced that the party has joined the International Democrat Union (IDU), a working association of like-minded political parties of the centre and centre right from all over the world.
Speaking at the IDU's 2018 executive meeting in Los Angeles, Gemayel presented an insight into the Kataeb's history, values and goals, stressing the importance of the party’s presence in international platforms which allow it to address the Lebanese cause.
He also stressed the need to support Lebanon amid the hardships it is going through on both security and economic levels, outlining the importance of dissociating Lebanon from regional conflicts in order to spare it dangerous ripple effects.
Formed in 1983, the IDU provides a forum in which parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organisational interest, so that they can learn from each other, act together, establish contacts and speak with one strong voice to promote democracy and centre-right policies around the globe.
Founder Members of the IDU included Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, then US Vice-President George Bush Sr, Paris Mayor and later President of France Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and many other Party Leaders.