French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the Gulf nations to “re-commit to Lebanon with the aim of achieving reforms and regaining the country’s sovereignty,” a French Presidency source said, shortly after Macron met Prime Minister Najib Miqati in Glasgow.
In their talks, Macron reiterated his support for Mqiati to “realize and implement the reforms program,” hoping the Lebanese political parties “will allow Cabinet to convene despite the crisis with the Gulf countries,” the source added, according to al-Liwaa newspaper.
The daily meanwhile reported that “contacts are underway with (Information) Minister (George) Kordahi and his allies to urge him to take the country’s interest into consideration and voluntarily submit his resignation.”
“His sacking is out of the question because it would threaten the collapse of the entire government and plunge Lebanon into a long dark tunnel,” al-Liwaa added.
It also noted that the contacts “have not led to a result” because “the argument of Kordahi’s allies is that the problem with Saudi Arabia is not linked to a personal stance by the minister prior to his appointment, but rather to the Saudi stance on Lebanon and on the entire government.”
“His resignation therefore will not lead to a chance in the Saudi stance and will not allow for restoring normalcy in the relations,” the daily quoted Kordahi’s allies as saying.