Macron Slams Shiite Duo, Criticizes Hariri, Urges Govt. in 4-6 Weeks

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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference on the situation in Lebanon, Sunday, Sept.27, 2020 in Paris. Lebanon's prime minister-designate Moustapha Adib resigned Saturday amid a political impasse over government formation, dealing a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to break a dangerous stalemate in the crisis-hit country. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly, Pool)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday blasted Hizbullah and Amal Movement, criticized ex-PM Saad Hariri’s conduct in the cabinet formation negotiations and said Lebanese parties now have four to six weeks to form a new government or face “a different approach.”

At a rare news conference devoted to Lebanon, Macron accused Lebanon’s leaders of betraying their promises over the failure to form a government in the wake of the giant blast at the Beirut port in August.

Macron said the political elite had decided “to betray” their obligations and had committed “collective treason” by failing to form a government.

Macron had repeatedly pressed Lebanon’s leaders to form the government, saying a reform-minded cabinet was essential if aid was to flow in to rebuild the country.

Lebanon’s premier-designate Mustafa Adib stepped down on Saturday, saying he had been unable to form a reform-minded government.

“They have decided to betray this commitment (to form a government),” Macron told reporters, declaring he was “ashamed” of the country’s leaders.

“I see that the Lebanese authorities and political forces chose to favor their partisan and individual interests to the detriment of the general interest of the the country,” he added.

Macron said none of the leaders of Lebanon — where in the wake of the 1975-1990 civil war power is traditionally shared between Shiites, Sunnis and Christians — had been up to the task.

“All of them bet on the worst case scenario for the sake of saving themselves, the interests of their family or their clan,” he seethed.

“I therefore have decided to take note of this collective betrayal and the refusal of Lebanese officials to engage in good faith.”

Macron also sent a pointed warning to Hizbullah, which was well represented in the outgoing government and some analysts accuse of holding up the process.

Hizbullah should “not think it is more powerful than it is… It must show that it respects all the Lebanese. And in recent days days, it has clearly shown the opposite,” said Macron.

“Hizbullah cannot be an army in a war against Israel and a militia taking part in Syria’s war and still be a respectable party in Lebanon,” he said.

“Amal and Hizbullah decided that nothing should change in Lebanon and I understood that Hizbullah did not honor the pledge it made to me. The failure is their failure and I don’t bear its responsibility,” Macron added.

The French leader also said that Hariri “erred by adding a sectarian factor to the roadmap” before eventually correcting his “mistake.”

Macron, who visited Lebanon twice in the wake of the explosion, had repeatedly urged the Lebanese not to waste any more time in forming a government.

The August 4 explosion of hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate at the Beirut port killed more than 190 people, wounded thousands and ravaged large parts of the capital.

The disaster sparked new protests over corruption and mismanagement, prompting the previous cabinet to step down.

The French president said that the roadmap for political and economic reform set out on his last visit on September 1 was still on the table but time was running out.

“It is now up to Lebanese officials to seize this last chance themselves,” he said.

Timeline
  • 11 hours ago

    Macron has granted the Lebanese parties four to six weeks to form a new government, warning of another approach should they fail in that.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: The Taef Accord does not stipulate that any party has the right to monopolize a certain ministry or funds.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: The U.S. sanctions created a tense atmosphere in Lebanon.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: I do not have evidence that Iran has obstructed the situation in Lebanon.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: We will work with the regional partners, including Iran, regarding the situation in Lebanon.

  • 11 hours ago

    Marcon: The issue is in the hands of Berri and Hizbullah — do they want to involve Shiites in the Lebanese interest or in the worse scenario?

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: I did not manage to resolve the dispute between the U.S. and Iran.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: The formation of a Lebanese government is the only way forward.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: I hold all Lebanese leaders responsible for the failure, topped by President Aoun.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: Hizbullah should not think that it is stronger than it actually is.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: Amal and Hizbullah decided that nothing should change in Lebanon and I understood that Hizbullah did not honor the pledge it made to me. The failure is their failure and I don’t bear its responsibility.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: I’m ashamed over what the Lebanese leaders are doing.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: We do not fear a civil war in Lebanon.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: Reforms are a necessity and an irreversible condition so that Lebanon can get the assistance it needs.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: The formation of a government without Shiites is not a realistic choice.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: There is no alternative but to work with all parties in Lebanon.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: Sanctions are not the right tool at the moment.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: Hariri erred by adding a sectarian factor to the roadmap before correcting his mistake.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: The French initiative is still on the table and Lebanese leaders must seize this last chance.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: Hizbullah must respect all Lebanese.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: No one can win over the others and I hold all parties responsible.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: I salute the Lebanese Army’s sense of responsibility.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: Lebanese political forces favored their partisan interests over the public interest.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: Some preferred to set up traps for others and they put the sect before the country.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: The leaders of Lebanese institutions have not honored their pledges.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: On September 1, all Lebanese political forces pledged to form a mission government within 15 days and the French initiative is still valid until today.

  • 11 hours ago

    Macron: France will always stand by the Lebanese people.

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