The Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Al-Shami, revealed today, Sunday, that “the French-Saudi initiative is a first step in addressing The problem is between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.
He also denied that the initiative is an alternative to the French initiative for Lebanon, stressing that “the French initiative to solve the crisis in Lebanon is concerned with economic affairs and helping Lebanon out of the crisis, and it has nothing to do with the Lebanese-Saudi issue.”
In his speech, he pointed out that Paris is working hard to help Beirut out of the recent and accumulated problems, saying that “France always helps us out of the crisis at all political, economic and other levels.”
He stressed that the government of Prime Minister Najib Mikati “is proceeding with its steps for economic reform in a serious manner and based on a plan developed to present an integrated reform program for discussion with the International Monetary Fund, and before this step we are working on reform, but cooperation with the International Fund helps Lebanon get out of the crisis.”
As for the mechanism that will be agreed upon through the French-Saudi initiative and the provision of humanitarian aid to Lebanon, Al-Shami said that “there are no clear details so far for the initiative and all the details mentioned were in the news only.”
He also clarified that “he is personally responsible for preparing the International Monetary Fund and the reform program, and in general, the economic reform program has no political issues.”
Yesterday, Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he had made a phone call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati as part of a French-Saudi initiative to resolve the crisis between Riyadh and Beirut.
Before leaving Saudi Arabia at the conclusion of a short Gulf tour, Macron said that Saudi Arabia and Lebanon want to fully engage in order to “reconnect the relationship” between the two countries in the wake of the recent diplomatic dispute.
In a statement, the two parties confirmed the agreement to establish a Saudi-French mechanism to provide humanitarian assistance to the Lebanese people in order to alleviate their suffering within a framework that ensures complete transparency, according to what was reported by the Saudi Press Agency.