The International Democrat Union is pleased to announce the accession of Lebanon’s Kataeb party as a new member of IDU. The IDU Executive Board voted to accept Kataeb’s application at the recent IDU Executive meeting at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, USA.
Following Kataeb’s membership application, the IDU launched a fact-finding mission to Lebanon earlier this year led by IDU Secretary General Christian Kattner. The delegation had the opportunity to meet the senior party leadership to learn more about party structure and policy, as well as meeting a range of Kataeb’s partners, NGO representatives and journalists, who offered a comprehensive view of the party and the political situation in the region. Following the fact-finding mission, IDU Secretary General Christian Kattner recommended, on behalf of the delegation, that the IDU accepts the accession of Kataeb.
Kataeb is a political party with a historic tradition in politics since 1937. Until today it is a viable political force in the highly complicated political surrounding of Lebanon. The party shares very similar values as the IDU and is committed to freedom, democracy and the rule of law. The delegation members have underlined their strong belief that the solutions to common challenges could only be achieved by further engagement with partners from the Middle East. Lebanon as a key country in the region enhanced political dialogue and the cooperation will be of mutual benefit.
The IDU family is pleased to welcome Lebanon’s Kataeb party to our growing network of centre-right parties around the world!