Rafik Hariri philanthropic and developmental contributions are countless. The most remarkable being the multifaceted support to educate more than 36,000 Lebanese university students within Lebanon, and beyond.
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PM Recep Tayyib Erdogan
PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey
I would like first of all to extend my sincere regards.
I am very happy to address you in this ceremony which is organized by UN-HABITAT Organization in collaboration with the foundation that is named after Rafik Hariri, my dear friend, the former Lebanese Prime Minister.
I believe that this award presented by the two organizations since year 2010 will greatly contribute to the memory of late Hariri.
I would like to reiterate my pleasure for receiving the first award in 2010.
We ask God on this occasion to have mercy upon the soul of late Hariri who was cruelly assassinated in 2005.
I had the honor to know Rafik Hariri personally. He was a loved and respected state personality not only in his country but all over the world.
After the Civil War, late Hariri offered many services to his country and played an important role in its reconstruction and in anchoring security and stability.
We believe that Hariri represents a role model in these days which are witnessing shifts and radical changes in the Middle East.
I believe that all the countries of the region should take a lesson of courage and democracy from late Hariri.
While we remember late Hariri, we wish to see the perpetrators of the cruel crime before justice as soon as possible.
The Turkish state has supported the special Tribunal for Lebanon since its establishment by UNSC Resolution and it will continue supporting it.
The Turkish state has always been and will remain keen on peace and stability in Lebanon.
We believe that maintaining security and stability in Lebanon is not only important for Lebanon but for the entire region.
We believe that we should give a special attention to prevent Lebanon from the awful events that are occurring; particularly the chaos in Syria, therefore all concerned parties inside and outside Lebanon should assume their responsibility.
I would like to express my happiness on the occasion of this award that perpetuates the memory of late Hariri is given to Mr. Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia this year.
I sincerely congratulate my dear friend Mahathir Mohamad for receiving this prestigious award.
I believe that we should give great importance to this award so that it acquires an institutional character all over the world.
I believe that this will not only contribute to the commemoration of the memory of Rafik Hariri, but also would represent an important service to the mission of the United Nations HABITAT.
I want to congratulate the officials of the Rafik Hariri Foundation and the United Nations HABITAT and wish them success.
Dear participants I would like to reiterate my dearest and respectful regards…