Lebanon..Sources reveal some Kuwaiti points of confidence building with the Gulf states

Lebanese government sources revealed some points that Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah brought with him to Beirut, in a step to build confidence between Lebanon and the Arab Gulf states in particular.

The sources stated that among the points is respect for the sovereignty of Arab and Gulf countries and non-interference in their affairs.

Also among the points are controlling Lebanon’s borders and preventing drug smuggling in the Gulf. The sources said that the Kuwaiti minister has ideas that include Lebanon activating the policy of disassociation.

And Reuters news agency quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the proposals made by the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister are Lebanon’s commitment to the Taif Agreement, the implementation of Security Council resolutions, and the holding of elections on time.

The sources added to the agency that the proposals also included tightening controls on exports to the Gulf to prevent drug smuggling and cooperation between agencies.

solve the crisis

The Kuwaiti minister, who arrived in Lebanon yesterday, Saturday, said that the purpose of his visit, which he said came with the support of the Arab Gulf states, was to resolve the crisis that afflicted Lebanon’s relations with Gulf states during the past months.

After his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun today, Sunday, the Kuwaiti minister said that he discussed what he called ideas and measures to build confidence again with Lebanon, and expressed his hope that a response to them would come soon.

The minister stressed the need for Lebanon not to be a platform for what he described as any verbal or actual aggression against the Gulf, stressing at the same time not to interfere in the country’s internal affairs, as he put it.

For his part, President Aoun expressed his country’s welcome to any Arab move to restore relations between Lebanon and the Gulf states to normal, stressing that the ideas presented by the Kuwaiti minister will be the subject of consultations to announce the appropriate position.

The Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati stressed – during his meeting with the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister on Saturday – the necessity of restoring the strength of relations between Lebanon and the Arab countries.

The origins of the crisis

The crisis between Lebanon and the Gulf states dates back to October last year, when a recorded interview was published by the then Minister of Information, George Kordahi, before he took office, in which he described the Yemen war as absurd.

These statements provoked Gulf anger, which was expressed by the summoning of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait to their ambassadors from Beirut for consultations, and then quickly followed by a request for the Lebanese ambassadors accredited to these countries to leave their capitals, in addition to Riyadh stopping its imports from Lebanon.

The Lebanese government has made efforts to heal the rift, and asked major capitals, such as Washington and Paris, to mediate in order to curb the deterioration in relations with the Gulf states.

On the third of last December, Minister George Kordahi submitted his resignation from his position, as a “goodwill gesture to resolve the crisis”; This came on the eve of French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Saudi Arabia.

During Macron’s visit to Jeddah, and his meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a phone call was made with the Lebanese Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, who was said to break the ice; But no further steps have been followed since then.

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