Honoring Minister Fouad Boutros

“Fouad Boutros’s Chehabism” – An event to honor Fouad Boutros
October 4, 2016 – St Joseph University, Beirut

In honour to former Minister Fouad Boutros, who passed away in the beginning of the year at the age of 98, the Fouad Chehab Foundation organised a special event to show respect to its founder and honorary president, who was one of the closest assistants to President Chehab.

The event took place at the St Joseph University in Beirut, the Pierre Abou Khater auditorium. The speakers for the occasion were: Dr Chafik Muharram, President of the Foundation, Dr Charles Rizk, former Minister and former vice-president of the Foundation, Mr Sarkis Naoum, prominent journalist and close friend of Minister Boutros, and George Fouad Boutros, the son of the regretted.


Were present: Former President of the Republic, Michel Suleiman, former President of the Assembly, Hussein El Husseini, MP Muhamad Kabbani representing the President of the Assembly Nabih Berri and the Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Mr Rafik Ghanem representing former President of the Republic Amine Gemayel, MP Jean Oghasapian representing former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, MP Atef Majdalani representing former Prime Minister Fouad Seniora, former Minister Nicolas Nahhas representing former Prime Minister Nagib Mikati, ministers Michel Pharaon and Rony Arayji, General Adnan Saiid representing Minister of Defense Samir Mokbel and Commander in Chief of the Army General Jean Kahwaji. Also present were MPs: Marwan Hamade, Antoun Saad, Toni Abou Khater and Ahmad Fatfat, the Roman Orthodox metropolitan of Beirut Bishop Elias Awdeh, representatives of the security instances, former ministers: Tarek Mitri, Joe sarkis, Michel El Khoury, Nayla Moawad, Nazem El Khoury and Fares Boueiz; Mrs Mona Hrawi wife of former President of the Republic, Elias Hrawi, head of the AUB Fadlo Khoury, former MP Kamil Ziyadeh, in addition to the members of the Fouad Chehab Foundation, the members of Minister Boutros’s family and a crowd of political and media personalities.


The event was inaugurated by the National Anthem. The presentation of the speakers was done by lawyer Toufik Kfoury. Dr Chafik Muharram was the first speaker. His speech was followed by a video documentary on Minister Boutros’s political life and achievements with focus on his link with President Chehab. Next were the speakers, Dr Charles Rizk, journalist Sarkis Naoum and Minister Boutros’s son, George Boutros, who thanks the Fouad Chehab Foundation and all those present for honouring his late father.

The event ended with the presentation of an honorary shield from the Fouad Chehab Foundation, to Mr George Boutros.

The Speeches:

– Dr Chafik Mouharram
– Dr Charles Rizk
– Mr Sarkis Naoum
– Mr George Fouad Boutros

In the Media:

– Assafir
– Al Anwar
– LebanonFiles
– National News Agency
– Watch a documentary on Minister Boutros

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Inauguration of the Fouad Chehab Museum

Inauguration of the Fouad Chehab Museum and Library
July 11, 2016 – The Fouad Chehab Museum & Library, Jounieh

On the July 11, 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 Khazenrepresenting 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.

The Speeches:

– Press release by the Central College
– Father Tannous Nehme
– Father Wadih Skayyem
– Mayor Juan Hobeich
– Walid Mousallem
– Me Toufik Kfoury

 

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President Chehab’s statue at the Military Academy

On the occasion of the Lebanese Army’s 70th Anniversary
General Kahwagi unveils a statue of President Chehab at the Military Academy

August 1, 2015- Military Academy, Yerzi

On the occasion of the Army Day and the Lebanese Army’s 70th Anniversary, and under the patronage of Army Commander General Jean Kahwagi, the Army Command honored the late President Fouad Chehab in a ceremony that was held in the ‘Fouad Chehab Academy for Command and General Staff‘, located in Rihaniye near Yerzi, which included unveiling a bust of him.


The ceremony was attended by former President Cheikh Amine Gemayel, retired Brigadier General Moussa Zahran representating former President General Emile Lahoud, former Commander of General Staff Major General P.S.C Chawqi el Masri representing former President General Michel Sleimandeputy Prime Minister Minister of National Defense Engineer Samir Moqbel and Chief of General Staff Major General P.S.C Walid Selman along with numerous high ranked officers, political, economic, cultural and media figures and members from the family of the late president and the Fouad Chehab Foundation.

The ceremony began with the national anthem and a silent moment in honor of the soul of president Chehab and the Army martyrs. Afterwards, General Kahwagi gave a speech for the occasion in which he commended the historic role played by President Fouad Chehab in building the army on steady grounds and unifying national principles, as well as the state institutions that are till nowadays the guarantee of the country’s existence. By reactivating them and boosting their role, the Republic can achieve an era of stability and development. General Kahwagi also reiterated that the Army today continues in the same path as Fouad Chehab intended, for despite the events in the surroundings and the region and under the current division, the Army is still the common denominator between the Lebanese, nay, the main pillar in rebuilding a strong, surviving, developed Lebanon.
General Kahwagi concluded by vowing that the Army will continue its conduct with the inspiration from the principles of General Chehab and national characteristics, strength, will and hope to preserve Lebanon as a unified, sovereign independent country and a lighthouse in the region and the world.

Afterwards, the president of the Fouad Chehab Foundation, Dr. Chafiq Mouharram delivered a speech on the occasion in which he thanked the Command of the Lebanese Army for this gesture, then reminded all present of the achievements of the late president as well as his role in building the state of institutions and the development, economic and social projects that he launched during his mandat. Dr. Mouharram also exposed the work of the Fouad Chehab Institution in the frame of documenting his national accomplishments and personal heritage.

The Speeches:

– General Jean Kahwagi
– Dr Chafik Mouharram

In the Media:

– Al Anwar 1
– Al Anwar 2
– Al Anwar 3
– Army Website:
En – Ar – Fr
– Assafir
– Annahar
– Addiyar
– Al Liwaa
– Al Nashra
– L’Orient-Le-Jour

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First National Conference

First National Conference on Chehabism
April 5, 2014 – Central College, Jounieh

On April 5, 2014, the 1st National Conference event was organized by the Fouad Chehab Foundation at the Central College for the Lebanese Monks Jounieh, run by the Lebanese Maronite Order and located opposite to President Chehab’s house. The event was under the patronage of President Michel Suleiman.

The location of the event was decided following the agreement between the Fouad Chehab Foundation and the Lebanese Maronite Order that the latter takes over the restoration of President Chehab’s house to convert it into a library and a museum holding President Chehab’s name.

The theme of the conference which marked the 41st Anniversary of President Chehab’s death was: “Chehabism: A State for the Citizen”.


The conference consisted of three seminars: (Invitation – Schedule)
Seminar 1 : “Lebanon’s Foreign Policy under Chehabism and today”
Speakers: Former minister Georges Corm – Dr Ziad Hafez
Coordinators: Ambassador Khalil Makkawi – Journalist Kamil Menassah
Seminar 2 : “The State of Institutions: Modernisation of the System”
Speakers: Former minister Ziad Baroud – Former minister Demianos Kattar
Coordinators: Dr Hassan Awada – Journalist Nicolas Nassif
Seminar 3 : “Chehabism’s vision on Development – Planning & Development Challenges”
Speakers: Former minister Charbel Nahhas – Dr Boutros Labaki
Coordinators: Former minister Adel Hamiyeh – Former minister Sami Minkara

Also present at the event were Minister Abd El Matlab Hennaoui representing the President of the Republic Michel Suleiman; MP Nemtallah Abi Al Nasr representing the President of the Assembly Nabih Berri; Minister Alice Chabtini representing Prime Minister Tammam Salam; former President of the Assembly Hussein El Husseini; former ministers Nazem Khoury, Wadih Khazen, Mohammad Youssef Baydoun; former MP Kamil Ziyadeh; General Mikhael Habis representing Army Commander General Jean Kahwaji; representatives of the heads of the national security institutions; representative of the Mufti of the Republic; president of Kesrwan’s Federation of Municipalities Nouhad Nawfal; former governor of Central Bank Sheikh Michel El Khoury; members of the Chehab family; various political and public figures and the members of the Fouad Chehab Foundation.


Journalist Michel Maaiki was the presenter. The event started with the Lebanese National Anthem, followed by two welcoming speeches by the president of the Fouad Chehab Foundation Shafik Moharram and the head of the Central College for the Lebanese Monks Jounieh, Father Wadih Skayyem, followed by a brief documentary on President Chehab and his achievements.

Next, Minister Abd El Matlab Hennaoui, representing the President of the Republic Michel Suleiman, gave a speech, before the seminars started.

At the end of the 3 successive seminars, the attendees walked to President Chehab’s house for a guided visit of the place to check the preparation works for renovation.

The Speeches:

– Father Wadih Skayyem
– H.E. Georges Corm
– Dr Ziad Hafez
– H.E. Ziad Baroud
– H.E. Demianos Kattar
– H.E. Charbel Nahhas
– Dr Boutros Labaki

In the Media:

– Al Anwar
– Assafir
– Annahar
– L’Orient-Le-Jour

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President Chehab’s 40th memorial day

Commemorative event on President Chehab’s 40th memorial
April 23, 2013 – St Joseph University, Beirut

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of President Chehab’s departure, and under the patronage of President Michel Suleiman, the Fouad Chehab Foundation held a commemorative event in his memory, at the Saint Joseph University premises (Social Sciences branch) in Beirut.


The speakers at the event were H.E. Fouad Boutros (Honorary President of the Fouad Chehab Foundation. Represented at the event by Me Nabil Younes), H.E. Michel Eddeh(Absent due to sickness – His speech was read by the event’s facilitator journalist Michel Maaiki), prominent journalist Talal Salman, Dr Nawaf Kabbara (Professor in Political Sciences and member of the Foundation) and Mr Chafik Mouharram (President of the Foundation).


The Minister of Environment Nazem El Khoury represented the President of the Republic Michel Suleiman, and Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
Also present were the Ambassador of France Patrice Paoli; the ex-President of the Assembly Hussein El Husseini; Mr Sejaan Al Azzi representing ex-President Amine Gemayel; General Ali Hammud representing Army Commander General Jean Kahwaji; MP Jean Ogassapian representing ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri; MP Edgard Maalouf representing General Michel Aoun; Me Walid Sfeir representing MP Walid Joumblatt; Sheikh Salaheldinne Fakhri representing the Mufti Muhammad Kabbani; Bishop Alexis Mufarrej representing Othodox Archbishop of Beirut Elias Awadi; MPs Abdelatif Al Zein, Fouad Saad, Antoun Saad and Jamal Al Jarrah; representatives of the state security services commanders; ex-Ministers and ex-MPs Michel Sassine, Sheikh Michel El Khoury, Osman Al Dana, Adel Hamiyyeh, Sami Minkara and Youssef Salameh; the Secretary General of the National Committee for Islamo-Christian Dialogue, Harès Chehab; the President of the Higher Metn Municipalities Union, Karim Sarkis; the President of the Jounieh Municipality, Antoine Frem; in addition to retired officers, various political, economical, municipal, social and media personalities, members of the Fouad Chehab Foundation including honorary president General Ahmad El Hajj, members of President Chehab’s family and the general public…

Starting with the Lebanese National anthem, the event included a video documentary on President Chehab and his presidential mandate’s achievements. The speakers were introduced by the member of the Foundation, journalist Michel Maaiki. After Mr Moharram’s ending speech, the Foundation’s honorary souvenir was presented to Me Toufic Kfoury author of the new book”Chehabism – A school of Visionary Modernisation”.

The Speeches:

– H.E. Fouad Boutros
– H.E. Michel Eddeh
– Journalist Talal Salman
– Dr Nawaf Kabbara
– Mr Chafik Mouharram

In the Media:

– Al Anwar
– Assafir
– Annahar
– Al Afkar
– Al Hayat
– Lebanese Army Magazine

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Commemorative event at the ATCL

Commemorative event
August 1, 2012- ATCL club, Kaslik

On the occasion of the Army’s Day (1st August 2012) and under the patronage of President Michel Suleiman, the ATCL club (Automobile et Touring Club du Liban) held a commemorative event in the memory of President Chehab at the club’s premises in Kaslik, with the contribution of the Jounieh Municipality.

Minister of Industry Freij Sabounjian represented the President of the Republic, Michel Suleiman, the President of the Assembly, Nabih Berri, and the Prime Minister, Najib Mikati. 
Also present were the Minister of Culture, Gaby Lawon, the Minister of Information, Walid Daouk, Members of the Parliament, a number of ex-Ministers and ex-Members of Parliament. Archbishop Boulos Rouhana represented Patriarch Bechara Rahi.

Representatives of the state security services attended the event as well, in addition to various political, economical, municipal, social and media personalities, and members of the Fouad Chehab Foundation.

The speakers at the event were Me Elie Assaf (head of the organizing committee), Sheikh Fouad El Khazen (President of the ATCL club), Mr. Antoine Frem (President of the Jounieh Municipality Council), Mr. Chafik Mouharram (President of the Fouad Chehab Foundation) and ex-Minister Charles Rizk.

The speeches praised President Chehab’s values, his wise political stands, his reform achievements in paving the way for government and administrative institutions and in particular his contribution in instating the ATCL club.

The event included a video documentary on President Chehab and his presidential mandate’s achievements and the unveiling of the Commemorative Plate of President Chehab at the club. The attendees were invited to a cocktail for the occasion.

The Speeches:

– Sheikh Fouad El Khazen (ATCL)
– Mr. Toni Frem (Jounieh Municipality)
– Mr. Chafik Mouharram (Fouad Chehab Foundation)
– Minister Charles Rizk
– Me Elie Assaf (organizing committee)

In the Media:

– Assafir
– Annahar

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President Chehab’s memorial day

Event on President Chehab’s memorial day
April 24, 2012- UNESCO Palace, Beirut

On 24th April 2012, a special event was organized by the Fouad Chehab Foundation at the UNESCO Palace, Beirut, for the occasion of the anniversary of President Chehab’s death. The event was under the patronage of President Michel Suleiman.


The speakers were President Hussein El Husseini, ex-Minister Jean Obeid, Mr Stéphane Malsagne, author of the book “Fouad Chéhab 1902-1973 – Une Figure Oubliée de l’Histoire Libanaise” published in France in October 2011, and Mr Shafic Muharram, President of the Fouad Chehab Foundation.

Present at the event were Minister of the Environment Nazem El Khoury, representing the President of the Republic, Michel Suleiman, the President of the Assembly, Nabih Berri and the Prime Minister, Nagib Mikati; Minister of Labor Selim Jreissati; General Nasrat Ghattasrepresenting the Minister of Defense Fayez Ghosn and Army Commander General Jean Kahwaji; MP Edgard Maalouf representing General Michel Aoun; MPs Abdel Lafit Al Zein, Antoun Saad and Fouad Saad; Father Boutros Azar representing Patriarch Bechara Al Rahi; the President of the State Constitutional Council, Issam Suleiman; representatives of the state security services commanders; ex-Ministers Nayla Moawad and Sami El Khatib; ex-Army Commander General Ibrahim Tannous; in addition to ex-Ministers, ex-MPs, retired Army officersvarious religious, political, public and media figures, and the members of the Fouad Chehab Foundation

The event started with the Lebanese National Anthem, followed by a brief documentary on President Chehab and his achievements. Journalist Michel Maaiki presented the speakers.

The Speeches:

– President Hussein El Husseini
– Minister Jean Obeid
– Mr Stephane Malsagne
(French – Arabic)
– Mr Shafic Muharram
– Mr Michel Maaiki

In the Media:

– Assafir
– Annahar part 1– part 2
– Al Anwar part 1 – part 2 – part 3
– Al Liwaa
– Al Akhbar part 1 – part 2 – part 3 – pdf 1 –pdf 2
– Al Hayat
– L’Orient-Le Jour
– Article by Samir Atallah, Annahar

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The release of ‘The Fouad Chehab Republic’ book

The event took place on November 25, 2008 at the UNESCO in Beirut.


Talk by President Hussein Husseini
at the event of the release of ‘Fouad Chehab’s Republic’ book – Unesco, November 25, 2008

Article by Samir Atallah on the occasion of the release of ‘Fouad Chehab’s Republic’ book – Annahar, November 26, 2008

Article by Fouad Daaboul, at the release of ‘Fouad Chehab’s Republic’ book – Al Anwar, November 26, 2008

Article by Talal Salman, after the release of ‘Fouad Chehab’s Republic’ book – Assafir, December 5, 2008

Article by Abd El Rahman Abd El Mawla El Solh, after the release of ‘Fouad Chehab’s Republic’ book – Annahar,  December 6, 2008

Talk by General Jean Nassif at a conference about the ‘Fouad Chehab’s Republic’ book – February 2, 2009

Article by Joseph Bassil, about the ‘Fouad Chehab’s Republic’ book – Annahar, February 5, 2009