Emile Lahoud is the 15th President of Lebanon from Nov. 24, 1998, to Nov. 23, 2007. He was born on January 12, 1936, in the town of Baabdat. He is the son of General Jamil Lahoud, who played a key role in establishing the Lebanese army and strived to achieve independence for the country.

He was elected the 14th President of Lebanon on Nov. 24, 1998. Although his presidency was due to end in Dec.2004, the Lebanese parliament extended his presidency for another three years till 2007 after approving a bill in Sep. 2004.

In an interview with Mehr News Agency, Emile Lahoud expressed his view regarding the latest political events in Lebanon and the region. He believes that Iran will overcome sanctions and become more powerful in the world.

According to Lahoud, The post-coronavirus era is a time for emerging new powers and fundamental change in the balance of power. He further referred to US efforts to eliminate China’s economic power before the pandemic and said that currently, the US can only deal with itself.

He also mentioned the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s offer to give him half a million dollars a month for launching attacks on Hezbollah in the south of Lebanon. Hariri’s proposal was made when Lahoud was the commander of the Lebanese army, as well as when he was the president and almost forced him to resign.

The former Lebanese president said that although he has not been closely acquainted with Lt. General Soleimani, he believes that his blood has given Iran greater power. Referring to the new developments in Lebanon, Lahoud also noted that Hassan al-Diab is a man of honor and will implement new plans.

Source » tehrantimes