Egypt and Lebanon
Monday، 28 March 2011 12:00 AM
Egypt is the first Arab country to recognize Lebanon's independence; Cairo was the venue to negotiate the independence of Lebanon while hosting the meeting attended by President Bechara el-Khoury and Mr. Riad Solh under the patronage of the then Prime Minister of Egypt, Mustafa Nahas Pasha in the forties. The meeting resulted in the Declaration of the alliance between Khoury and el-Solh and the formulation of "National Charter" which established a system of governance in Lebanon in the post-French Mandate.
The bilateral relations between Egypt and Lebanon is based on the principle of mutual respect and continuous consultation and coordination of views and positions on issues of common interest and issues of the Middle East in general.
The bilateral relations took a new impetus after the historic visit by former president Hosni Mubarak to Lebanon in February 19, 2000, the first for an Egyptian president since the independence of Lebanon, in order to confirm that Egypt stands by Lebanon in the face of Israeli aggression.
The visit left positive echoes and had a positive effect on strengthening the relations between the two countries and peoples, notably after Mubarak issued directives to fix all power stations destroyed by Israeli aggression in some Lebanese cities, especially in the South.