SIDON, Lebanon: Sidon spread its festive Ramadan spirit and showcased the city’s heritage for the third weekend in a row as a new group of officials visited Saturday.
Among the high-profile visitors was Internal Security Forces head Maj. Gen. Imad Othman.
“I lived in Sidon for a long period of my life, and this is a historical city,” Othman told reporters after touring different sites in Sidon, including the Soap Museum and the Outreach and Leadership Academy.
He was accompanied by Lebanese University President Fouad Ayoub and Sidon MP Bahia Hariri. Othman praised Hariri’s effort in maintaining the security situation in the city.
Saturday’s celebrations also saw visits from U.N. officials who gathered for an iftar in a restaurant in Sidon, including Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis, Resident Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini and the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia’s Executive Secretary Rola Dashti.
“The issue isn’t only related to the city’s old history ... but it’s related to how MP Hariri is working on different projects for the city,” Kubis said. “[Maintaining] culture and heritage is important, but what is also important is education and working for a better future.”
Throughout the Muslim holy month, Hariri and Sidon Municipality have launched initiatives to promote the city’s cultural and historical offerings. Previous Ramadan celebrations saw visits from Interior Minister Raya El Hassan and Fatah Movement Secretary in Lebanon Fathi Abu al-Ardat.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 27, 2019, on page 3.