In the first visit since the outbreak of the Qardahi crisis, the Kuwaiti foreign minister carries messages to Beirut and Lebanon is counting on the Kuwaiti role to restore relations

Today, Sunday, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah continues his visit to Beirut, where he is expected to meet today with President Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, according to official Lebanese sources.

The Kuwaiti minister arrived in Beirut yesterday, Saturday, in the first visit of its kind, which came 3 months after a crisis erupted between Lebanon and the Gulf countries against the background of statements by former Lebanese Minister of Information George Qardahi regarding the Yemen war.

In a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart, Abdullah Bouhabib, Kuwait’s Foreign Minister said yesterday that he carries 3 messages to Lebanon, indicating that the Kuwaiti move is being coordinated with the Arab Gulf states to support Lebanon.

The Kuwaiti minister indicated that the messages are to support Lebanon, not to be a platform for aggression, and to fulfill its pledges. He added that there is a mutual desire for Lebanon to regain its glory by not interfering in Gulf affairs.

He added that the steps to build confidence with Lebanon are gradual and based on non-interference in internal affairs.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati (right) stressed the need for relations between Lebanon and Arab countries to regain their strength (Reuters)

Lebanese trust

For his part, the Lebanese Foreign Minister said that his country is counting on the Kuwaiti role to end the crisis with Gulf countries, and stressed that Lebanon looks forward to supporting its Gulf brothers.

Before that, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati expressed his aspiration for closer cooperation between Lebanon and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

During his meeting with the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister yesterday, Saturday, Mikati stressed the need to restore the strength of relations between Lebanon and the Arab countries.

And last October, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain expelled Lebanese diplomats and withdrew their ambassadors from Beirut, following statements made by former minister George Kordahi – who later submitted his resignation – criticizing the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

The Gulf Cooperation Council called on Lebanon last December to prevent Hezbollah from “carrying out terrorist operations”, to strengthen the army and to ensure that weapons remain in the hands of state institutions only.

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