Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that he always seeks better relations with Arab countries – especially the Gulf states – at a time when Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced that he would call for a cabinet session soon.
Aoun added – in a statement issued by the Presidency of the Republic – that we hope that what led to a problem with these countries will be quickly addressed, and that the interests of the Lebanese people will not be harmed and that they will not pay the price.
Relations between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states were strained against the backdrop of statements by Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi about the war in Yemen, in which he said, “The Houthis are defending themselves, and that the war in Yemen is absurd and must stop.”
On the other hand, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said today, Friday, that he will call for a cabinet session soon.
Mikati added that he sensed support for the government during the meetings he held outside Lebanon during the last period.
Mikati indicated that the main demand he heard from the leaders he met was the necessity for the Lebanese parties to agree on dealing with the crises in the country.
Mikati, who met with President Michel Aoun earlier today, stressed that the country is going through a difficult and dangerous stage.
The Council of Ministers has not met since last October 12, pending a solution to the crisis that erupted due to the sharp dispute between the political parties in Lebanon regarding the decisions of the judicial investigator in the case of the Beirut port explosion, Judge Tariq Bitar, who is accused by Hezbollah and some of its allies of bias and demands that he be removed from the investigation. .
“We entered into a very large inflation as a result of the accumulation of years of support,” Mikati said – in a press conference – after meeting with the head of the General Labor Union, Bechara Al-Asmar, at the union headquarters in Beirut.
He hoped to return to the policy of support today, adding, “But we have no ability to do so, because the funds are not available.”
On the issue of social security, Mikati revealed that his government will begin at the beginning of next month to register the most needy families, and these amounts are secured by the World Bank.
Reaching an agreement with the International Monetary Fund is widely considered the only way for Lebanon to get the international aid it badly needs.