Prime Minister Najib Miqati will seek support for Lebanon from the Gulf countries and he will head within days to Qatar and Kuwait for this purpose, sources close to him told the PSP’s al-Anbaa news portal in remarks published Sunday.
Miqati has meanwhile requested an appointment to visit Saudi Arabia but he is yet to receive an answer, diplomatic sources told the Kuwaiti al-Jarida newspaper.
The prime minister has visited Paris and London in recent days.
Evaluating his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, the pro-Miqati sources told al-Anbaa that the visit was “successful in all standards.”
“This visit paves the way for similar visits to Arab and foreign countries and it will also have a positive impact on Lebanon’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, on which the new government is highly counting to prove its credibility in working to rescue Lebanon, and to highlight the difference between it and Diab’s government,” the sources added.
Opposition sources meanwhile said that “there is not much difference in the political approach between Miqati’s government and Diab’s government, except for the arrival of the Iranian diesel in Lebanon.”
“PM Miqati’s situation is acceptable internationally, and maybe in the Arab world, in contrast to his predecessor Hassan Diab,” the sources added, noting that “the warm welcoming that Miqati received at the Elysee serves Macron more than it serves Miqati amid the absence of discussions over the CEDRE funds and the donor countries’ willingness to help Lebanon.”
MP Ali Darwish, a member of Miqati’s bloc, however revealed that there is “a French pledge to assist Lebanon.”
France will assist the country in obtaining international aid and assistance from donor institutions, Darwish added, in remarks to al-Anbaa.