Arab foreign ministers discuss Lebanon’s response to the Kuwaiti initiative to rebuild confidence with the Gulf states

The Arab foreign ministers will discuss in a consultative meeting today, Sunday in Kuwait, the developments in the region, foremost of which is the Lebanese file.

The ministers are scheduled to discuss Lebanon’s official response to the Kuwaiti initiative to rebuild confidence between Beirut and the Gulf states.

On Saturday evening, Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdullah Bouhabib handed his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Sabah his country’s response to the Kuwaiti initiative. The Kuwaiti minister also delivered a letter from Lebanese President Michel Aoun addressed to the Emir of the State of Kuwait.

In previous statements to Al-Jazeera, Bouhabib confirmed that this message was approved by the presidents of the republic and the government, and the government components were not informed of it, including Hezbollah.

In his interview with Al-Jazeera, the minister stated that his visit to Kuwait was for dialogue and not to end Hezbollah’s presence or hand over its weapons.

He also stressed that the Gulf states are brotherly, and Lebanon is interested in having excellent relations with them.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun stressed the need to establish the best relations with Arab countries, with priority to preserve Lebanese civil peace, after his meeting with the Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian.

Aoun also stressed that he does not want the Sunni community to be outside the political work in the country, pointing to its importance in the specific outcomes of Lebanon’s fate.

In the same regard, the head of the Lebanese Forces Party, Samir Geagea, said that the official Lebanese response to the Kuwaiti proposal is the exclusive prerogative of the Council of Ministers.

Geagea added – in a tweet on Twitter – that instead of presenting the proposal to the cabinet, the presidents of the republic, the government, and the parliament reduced the issue to their own persons, and assigned the foreign minister to give the official answer, which constitutes a new violation of the laws and the constitution, as he put it.

Kuwaiti initiative

The Kuwaiti Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah made an official visit to Lebanon last week, which lasted for two days, as part of measures to rebuild confidence with this country.

Al-Sabah carried 3 messages to Lebanese officials, related to solidarity with the Lebanese people, and to call on Lebanon not to interfere in the affairs of Arab countries, to fulfill its obligations, and to implement international legitimacy and Arab resolutions.

The Kuwaiti initiative includes setting a time frame for implementing UN Security Council resolutions, and one of these resolutions calls for the disarmament of armed factions, in reference to Hezbollah’s weapons.

The crisis between the Gulf states and Lebanon erupted at the end of last year, against the background of the statements of the former Lebanese Minister of Information, George Kordahi.

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