We have received the following statement from the new Executive Director of Miss Lebanon Emigrants Mr. Elie Farah:
“It was brought to my attention lately that you are investigating the Miss Lebanon Emigrants issue. I would like to inform you that Mr. Maksoud is no longer in charge of this event, nor the regular Miss Lebanon event these two events will be organized directly by the Ministry of Tourism. The celebration of Miss Lebanon Emigrants goes back to the 1950′s in “Dhour Shweir” so this year the Ministry of Tourism decided to give the licence back to its original holder the Municipality of “Dhour Shweir” represented by Mayor, Elias Bou Saab. I was appointed by Mr. Elias Bou Saab and the Lebanese Ministry for Tourism to direct the event with other members, and to form a board to organize Miss Lebanon Emigrants event in every country of the world in which we have a large Lebanese community.”
Mr. Maksoud has been issuing letters to appoint people like Mr. Osama Bachachi and Mrs. Grace Farah, to organize this event in the USA without an official approval from the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism, which caused the Minister Fady Abboud, and Mayor Elias Bou Saab to act upon this. They released a governmental document to warn anyone in the states from dealing with these people, and to prevent them from organizing a fake event since there was a new official board formed in the USA, and they are the only legal holders of the license.
Mr. Farah has included an official letter from the Ministry of Tourism, which clearly states that Mr. Antoine Maksoud has no rights to organize the official event, nor appoint representatives for the contest worldwide.