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Inauguration of the Fouad Chehab Museum and Library
11 July 2016 – The Fouad Chehab Museum & Library, Jounieh
On the 11th July 2016, a special event was held at the Central College for the Lebanese Monks Jounieh on the occasion of the inauguration of the Fouad Chehab Museum and Library. The event was organized by the Lebanese Maronite Order following the execution of the agreement between the Fouad Chehab Foundation and the Lebanese Maronite Order that the latter takes over the restoration of President Chehab's house located next the Central College, to convert it into a library and a museum holding President Chehab's name.
Present at the event were MP Farid Elias El Khazen representing the President of the Assembly Nabih Berri; Minister Abd El Moutleb Hannaoui representing Prime Minister Tammam Salam; a large number of acting and former ministers and MPs; Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon archbishop Gabriele Caccia, foreign diplomats and consuls; archbishop Antoine Andari; the general superior of Lebanese Maronite Order Father Tannous Nehme and various religious personalities; the Kaemakam of Kesrwan Raymond Hitti; representatives of political parties; representatives of the heads of the national security institutions; the president of Kesrwan's Federation of Municipalities; Mayor of Jounieh Jwan Hbeich; various public personalities; various political and public figures; members of President Chehab's family and the Fouad Chehab Foundation .
Journalist Yazbeck Wehbe was the presenter. The event started with the Lebanese National Anthem, followed by a presentation of President Chehab's main life stations. The speakers at the event were: Father Wadih Skayyem, head of the Central College , Me Toufic Kfoury assigned to deliver the Fouad Chehab Foundation speech, Mayor of Jounieh Juan Hobeich, and the head of the High National Institute of Music Walid Musallem representing the Minister of Culture Raymond Araigi.
Singers Nader Khoury and Katia Harb presented national songs in between the speeches. The event ended with a speech by Father Tannous Nehme head of Lebanese Maronite Order who announced the inauguration of the Fouad Chehab Museum and Library.
A documentary on the restoration of President Chehab's house and its transformation into a Museum and Library was shown before everyone walked to the new Fouad Chehab Museum and Library, where a statue was unveiled in the garden outside the house, and all those present were invited to visit the Museum and Library as a cocktail offered by the Fouad Chehab Foundation was served in the garden.