Najib Mikati said that the phone call with the Saudi Crown Prince and the French President is an “important step” in restoring Gulf relations.
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati (Najib Mikati) stated that his earlier calls with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and French President Emmanuel Macron were to resume calls with the Gulf region. An “important step” in the relationship.
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As part of the Gulf tour, the French president who is in talks with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince told reporters on Saturday that Riyadh has pledged to re-engage in finances in the short term.
He said: “So we will now work in a very specific way, putting this between the two of us together.”
Macron stated in the phone call with Mikati that he and MBS had conveyed “a clear message that Saudi Arabia and France want full commitment.”
“We want to be committed to supporting the Lebanese people, so we do everything possible to ensure that trade and the economy are reopened,” Macron told reporters in a speech before leaving the country.
“We also hope [Lebanese] The government is able to work in a normal way, so meet as soon as possible and carry out useful reforms,” he added.
The French President stated that France and Saudi Arabia will work together to provide necessary humanitarian assistance to Lebanon. Lebanon is facing an economic crisis brought about by government failure and widespread corruption.
The Lebanese Cabinet issued a statement on Facebook on Saturday that Mikati emphasized the Lebanese government’s commitment to reform.
‘An important step’
This marked another intervention by Macron in an attempt to aid Lebanon, a country that was once a protectorate of France. This is also the first call between the Saudi Crown Prince and Lebanese Prime Minister since Mikati took office in September.
Macron said he will call Lebanese President Michel Aoun after returning to Paris.
Macron led international efforts to resolve Lebanon’s political and economic crisis. But even though he has invested a lot of money on this issue for more than a year, he has so far failed to push the country’s bickering politicians to carry out economic reforms to release vital foreign aid.
In October, Riyadh expelled Lebanon’s special envoy to the country, recalled its ambassador to Beirut, and banned Lebanese imports after Kordasi, an ally of the Hezbollah movement, made remarks. The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are close behind.
When Kodahi resigned on Friday, he said that his actions were in the interest of his country to help end the dispute. Iran-backed Hezbollah is one of the most powerful players in Lebanese politics.
Saudi Arabia and Iran have long been competing for influence in the region, including a severe economic crisis in Lebanon, and urgently need financial support from regional and international donors.