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The Presidential Palace witnessed two diplomatic meetings, this afternoon, which tackled recent developments on the local scene, in addition to the governmental crisis.

French Ambassador:

President Michel Aoun met the French Ambassador to Lebanon, Mrs. Anne Grillo, and First Counselor at the Embassy, Mr. Jean-Francois Guillaume, in the presence of former Minister, Salim Jreisatti.

The Lebanese-French relations and recent developments were tackled in the meeting, in addition to the governmental crisis, where President Aoun explained to Ambassador Griot the problems which accompany the stages of forming the government. The President also stressed his adherence to the French initiative as a rescue project for Lebanon, and asserted work to reach the formation of a new government which confronts current challenges at various levels.

Saudi Ambassador:

The President then received the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Lebanon, Walid Bukhari, and deliberated with him current developments and the governmental situation, in addition to Lebanese-Saudi relations and means of developing these relations in all fields.

Statement of Ambassador Bukhari:

“After the generous invitation of His Excellency, the President of the Lebanese Republic, General Michel Aoun, I had the honor to visit Baabda Palace, today, to review and discuss the most prominent current developments.

I assured His Excellency that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always declared its stand and solidarity with the brotherly Lebanese people, who are steadfast in facing all crises. The Saudi vision for Lebanon is based on the Kingdom’s foreign policy foundations, which affirms respect for the sovereignty of states and not interfering in internal affairs.

Lebanese sovereignty is a historic achievement which was achieved through the struggles of the Lebanese people, and we respect this sovereignty. I also emphasized that the Saudi stance asserts the Kingdom’s commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Lebanon, and in particular the need to expedite the formation of a government which is capable of achieving security, stability and prosperity which the Lebanese people aspire to.

We also call on all political parties in Lebanon to prioritize the supreme national interest, because of the urgent need to initiate the implementation of fundamental reforms which restore international confidence, in Lebanon. In addition, we always stress the importance of the contents of Security Council Resolutions 1701, 1680 and 1559 in addition to the relevant Arab and international resolutions in order to preserve Lebanese stability and respect its sovereignty and unity.

We also stress that the Taif Accord is the guarantee of national unity and civil peace in Lebanon. I also briefed His Excellency on the Saudi peace initiative in Yemen, and he welcomed the initiative and wished it success. The President also hoped that peace prevails, internationally and in the Arab world”.


Source: National News Agency

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