Sunday, November 28

Lebanese President: The crisis with Gulf countries has led to negative repercussions, and I hope the solution will be soon

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that the crisis with Saudi Arabia and a number of Gulf countries led to negative repercussions on several levels, including the government reality.

Aoun said in a televised message to the Lebanese on the eve of the 78th anniversary of Independence Day that he is continuing to seek a solution to the crisis, hoping that the solution will be soon.

On October 29, last October, Saudi Arabia withdrew its ambassador in Beirut, and asked the Lebanese ambassador to leave, and later did the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Yemen, against the background of statements by the Lebanese Minister of Information, George Kordahi, about the Yemen war.

Aoun reiterated Lebanon’s keenness to establish the best relations with Arab countries, especially the Gulf states, “based on the necessity of separating the positions of the Lebanese state and what can be issued by individuals and groups.”

The Lebanese president indicated that the way out of the governmental crisis that Lebanon is witnessing is not insurmountable, pointing out that the constitution, which provides for the separation of powers, is the entrance to the solution.

Aoun said, “The way out of it is not difficult, and the constitution has created it for us, which stipulates that the Lebanese system is based on the principle of separation between the two powers (political and judicial).”

On October 13, the cabinet meeting was postponed indefinitely due to the insistence of ministers affiliated with Hezbollah and the Amal movement to discuss the investigation file of the Beirut port explosion, with a desire to remove the judicial investigator, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, after he was accused of politicizing the case.

On the other hand, Aoun said that positive signs began to appear to reach an agreement related to the demarcation of his country’s southern maritime borders.

He added that this matter would guarantee Lebanon’s sovereignty over its waters and natural resources, and lead to the resumption of the process of oil and gas exploration.

On Sunday, the Grand Mufti of Lebanon, Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, called for taking measures to restore relations with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, warning against “staying outside the Arab embrace.”

Derian demanded that the necessary measures be taken “to rearrange and restore relations with the Arabs, especially Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf states. Otherwise, the homeland will remain outside the Arab embrace, and this negatively affects the homeland and the citizen.”

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