Today, Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a French-Saudi initiative to address the crisis between Riyadh and Beirut.
The French president announced in Jeddah that he and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, as part of an 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.
On Saturday morning, the French president arrived in Saudi Arabia for direct talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Macron considered that the resignation of the Lebanese Minister of Information, George Kordahi, would contribute to the resumption of dialogue between Lebanon and the Arab countries in general and Saudi Arabia in particular.
Macron added that he hopes that his talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will help resolve the differences raised by Qardahi’s statements, and that he will be able to re-engage all Gulf countries with Lebanon to help them get Lebanon out of its crisis.
He indicated that he will discuss the issue of the region’s support for Lebanon with the Saudi Crown Prince, during a press conference held after his meeting with the Emir of Qatar today, Saturday.
Macron said: “Lebanon was part of the issues that I discussed with the Emir of Qatar.”
As part of this tour, which is the first visit of a major Western leader to the kingdom since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, a business delegation of about 100 companies, including Total Energy, EDF and “Edph”, is scheduled to participate. Thales and Vivendi, at an investment forum.
During an interview with reporters in Dubai, Macron had rejected accusations that he was legitimizing the crown prince, adding that the multiple crises facing the region could not be addressed by ignoring the kingdom.