Asiri received the award in “appreciation for his endeavors.” NNA quoted Suleiman as saying
On his part Asiri voiced hopes that Lebanon passes to the “shore of safety” by electing a new president, hailing President Suleiman for all the wise decisions he took during his term.
“I hope that Lebanon passes to the shore of safety and stability by electing a new head of state,” said Asiri
From the presidential palace at Baabda Asiri praised Suleiman , saying: “ President Suleiman was the wise ruler whose ultimate interest focused on how to strengthen the country’s national unity among the people, and on implementing the constitution.”
“We have a great hope in all the leaders and Lebanese figures who have national responsibilities, because Lebanon is worth sacrificing for to remain a symbol of civilization, culture and prosperity just like we know it,” he added .
Asiri was reportedly very instrumental in securing for the Lebanese army a $3 billion Saudi Arabian grant , the largest ever received by the country .