Gemayel Calls for 'Democratic Resistance' to Defend Sovereignty

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Former President Amine Gemayel called for foiling all schemes aiming to sabotage Lebanon's sovereignty, stressing the need for a "democratic resistance" in order to eliminate the presence of illegal non-state arms.

Speaking at a ceremony held in his honor in Melbourne as part of his Australia tour, Gemayel urged unity unity because it is the only way out of the crises battering Lebanon, voicing confidence in the Lebanese people's ability to overcome hardships.

“Through you, expatriates, Lebanon is an empire on which the sun never sets,” Gemayel hailed.

The event was attended by more than 600 people, including Australian Labor Party leader Bill Shorten, Australian Minister Marlene Kairouz, MPs Nazih Asmar and Cezar Melhem, Lebanese Consul General to Victoria Ziad Itani, Australia-Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and Industry Fadi Al-Zouki, and representatives of different Lebanese political parties.