President Chamoun's annual speech in his native town of Deir el Kamar was directed, this year, against President Nasser.
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Background: President Chamoun's annual speech in his native town of Deir el Kamar was directed, this year, against President Nasser. It came in answer to Nasser's attack on Lebanese policy in a recent speech.
The Lebanese president denied that the Lebanon fostered disunity among the Arab states. He proposed a meeting of the Kings and Presidents in Siad (Saudi Arabia) or in Cairo in order to unite the arabs and their policies towards the West.
Sniping at Egypt and Syria, President Chamoun said that some neighbouring Arab countries had spent millions to ensure the election of their friends and gain majority in the new parliament. This, he said, had been in vain because the Lebanese, whom he described as politically mature, would not be deceived or 'bought'.
The president's speech was warmly cheered by a large crowd and met with the approval of political and religious leaders attending the address.