Mr. Ambassador - Tony, Nicole, Members of Congress, ambassadors, distinguished guests, thank you for this opportunity to represent my government as we celebrate Lebanese Independence Day. I want to convey the best wishes of the President and Secretary Kerry to Lebanon and the Lebanese people.
But I am also here to add my voice to the loud chorus of praise and gratitude you are already hearing as you and Nicole prepare to depart Washington.
Tonight, we pay tribute to you not only for your outstanding work as ambassador here in Washington for more than eight years, but also for a broader career in the diplomatic corps devoted to strengthening the bonds between our two countries.
In addition to the Americas desk at the Ministry back in Beirut, you've served three other assignments in this cou...