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Councilman John Akouri, former Washington, DC Press Secretary & Capitol Hill Advisor, is President & CEO of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Christos Anesti, Alithos Anesti!

Happy Orthodox Easter - Christos Anesti, Alithos Anesti!
Al Massi7 Kam, 7akkan Kam, Joyeuses Pâques!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Akouri Welcomes Announcement of Patriarchal Visit by Lebanese Maronite Cardinal Sfeir to the United States

(WASHINGTON DC)...Fmr. Capitol Hill Advisor John Akouri today issued a statement welcoming the announcement of another Patriarchal visit to the United States next month by His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Akouri first met the Lebanese Christian leader at the US Capitol in Washington, DC at a Congressional event in his honor in 2001. Cardinal Sfeir will spend nearly a week in the US and his visit will include stops in New York, Philadelphia and Houston. The Patriarch is also scheduled to meet with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and receive an honorary doctorate from Villanova University.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Lebanese American Maronite Bishop of Brooklyn Eparchy of St. Maron Greets Pope Benedict at JFK International Airport upon Arrival in New York City

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Akouri Applauds Statement by President George W. Bush on the 25th Anniversary of the US Embassy Bombing in Beirut by Hizballah

On April 18, 1983, the Islamic Jihad Organization, known today as the terrorist group Hizballah, detonated a massive car bomb at the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 52 people -- 17 Americans and 35 Lebanese citizens. The Beirut Embassy bombing was at the time the most deadly terrorist attack against the United States in our history. On the 25th anniversary of that bombing, we mourn for those who perished, and we honor the sacrifice of their family and friends and of the many who were wounded. This occasion is a timely reminder of the danger our diplomats, military personnel, and locally employed staff bear in their service to the United States.
"Since the Beirut attack, we and citizens of many countries have suffered more attacks at the hands of Hizballah and other terrorists, backed by the regimes in Tehran and Damascus"
Since the Beirut attack, we and citizens of many countries have suffered more attacks at the hands of Hizballah and other terrorists, backed by the regimes in Tehran and Damascus, which use terror and violence against innocent civilians. All nations should condemn such brutal attacks and recognize that the purposeful targeting of civilians is immoral and unjustifiable.
The people of Lebanon have spent the better part of three decades living under the threat of violence, assassinations, and other forms of intimidation. Despite this, they and their leaders continue to work for a peaceful and democratic future, even as Syria, Iran, and their Lebanese proxies seek to undermine Lebanese democracy and institutions. The United States will continue to stand with the Lebanese government and the Lebanese people as they struggle to preserve their hard-won sovereignty and independence, endeavor to provide justice for victims of terrorism and political violence, and continue to seek the election of a president committed to these principles.

Akouri Joins Diplomats at Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress 2008 Event Welcoming Mexican Delegation Sponsored by Butzel Long

Bienvenidos! (l-r) Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce CEO John Akouri, Wayne State University Associate Vice President Ahmad Ezzeddine, Mexican Consul General Vincente Sanchez-Ventura, Acting Lebanese Consul General Bachir Tawk & Italian Consul General Carlo Romeo.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce Leadership Meets With US Army Leaders

Army Strong! Councilman John Akouri and Abe Karam pose with Major General Thomas P. Bostick, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

Pope Benedict XVI Lands in America

Statement by Lebanese American US Senator John E. Sununu on Papal Visit to the United States

WASHINGTON, DC – The Honorable United States Senator John E. Sununu (R-NH) today issued the following statement regarding Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States. The Pope arrived in the nation’s Capitol on April 15.
"Pope Benedict’s historic visit - the first Papal visit to America in 29 years – is an honor for our country. It was moving to see so many visitors from New Hampshire and across the nation gathered at the White House to welcome him," said Sununu, who attended Wednesday morning’s arrival ceremony with his family. "The Pope spoke eloquently about the universal values of compassion, freedom, and responsibility - a message that will be well received by people of all faiths across America."
Sununu and his family will also attend the White House dinner this evening in honor of the Pope’s visit as well as the Holy Mass on Thursday morning at National’s stadium. On Thursday afternoon, he has invited New Hampshire visitors who are in Washington, DC for the Pope’s visit to stop by his office in Room 111 of the Russell Senate Office Building for refreshments.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Meeting the Legendary Comedian Don Rickles Backstage Following his Peformance at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

BRING THEM HOME!

Click here to read Councilman John Akouri's Letter to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Over 600 Lebanese Canadians & Americans Gather to Celebrate Monsignor Joseph Salame's 50th Birthday Party in Windsor, Ontario

TOP: Msgr. Joseph Salame is serenaded by Lebanese Superstar Soumaya in front of his sparkling birthday cake.
BOTTOM Left: (l-r) Monsignor Joseph Salame, Councilman John Akouri, Canadian Member of Parliament Joe Comartin, (seated) Nadine Salame.
BOTTOM Right: Guests shake and shimmy during the traditional Dabke line dance.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

James Akouri to Perform Live at Benefit Concert for Chaldean Refugees

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