The Lebanese ambassador accredited to Liberia, Henri Kastoun, has expressed his country’s interest in helping Liberia move forward with its development agenda, especially sports, with emphasis on basketball.
Describing Liberia as a nation full of potential and challenges, Ambassador Kastoun said the country was on a new path and needed contributions from other countries like Lebanon to fulfill its development.
Paying a courtesy call on Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson Tuesday, Ambassador Kastoun called on the minister for both of them to explore the possibility of sending a delegation of Liberian Youth to Lebanon for training in basketball programming.
He said Liberia has been the home of many Lebanese (mainly as merchants) for numerous years, the envoy promised to mobilize the Lebanese Community here to also contribute towards advancing the nation.
He called for a closer working relationship between Liberia and Lebanon, as a means of further cementing the countries bilateral ties and helping to sustain Liberia’s development drive.
Responding, Minister Wilson welcomed Ambassador Kastoun’s visit and his country’s vision to remain a good partner to Liberia.
He said Lebanon’s desire to help Liberian basketball was timely as it was expressed at a time when the nation’s youth were developing more interest in the sport.
The Minister stressed the need for facilities to boost basketball in Liberia, pointing out the sport lacks the needed infrastructure to grow.
Minister Wilson described Liberia and Lebanon’s bilateral tie as a family relationship that must be stepped up at all times.
Currently, Liberian basketball has taken a nose dive, with years of conflict in the sport, ruining it.