Macron: Saudi Arabia-France announces initiative to resolve Lebanon crisis

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The French president Emanuel Macron and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salman called Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati by telephone on Saturday (December 4th) to find a solution to the crisis between Beirut and Riyadh, Emanuel Macron said.

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“Saudi Arabia and France want full commitment” to a “renewal of relations” between the two countries following a serious diplomatic crisis, the French head of state told reporters before leaving the city off the west coast of Saudi Arabia. Αραβίας.

“We also want the (Lebanese) government to be able to work normally and meet as soon as possible and implement the useful reforms,” ​​he said, adding that he would call Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Sunday.

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The initiative was welcomed by Mikati, who in a Twitter message described it as an “important step towards restoring relations” with Riyadh.

The economic crisis in Lebanon has been exacerbated for several weeks by open diplomatic disputes with several Gulf states.

Riyadh recalled its ambassador to Beirut in late October and expelled the Lebanese ambassador following remarks by Lebanese Intelligence Minister George Kordahi, who criticized the Saudi-led military intervention in the country. Houthi in this country.

Kordahi announced his resignation on Friday.

Riyadh has also banned imports from Lebanon and three other Gulf countries – Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait – have retaliated against Beirut.

“Paris and Riyadh will” work together, support reforms, enable the country to emerge from the crisis and preserve its sovereignty, “Macron said on Twitter.

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