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Lebanon needs ties with Saudi Arabia and Arab countries, says PM

BEIRUT: “Lebanon still needs Arab sponsorship, and (I hope) that all the Gulf countries, in particular, will restore ties with Lebanon, which needs its Arab environment to embrace it,” said Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati during his visit to Doha. Grandstand Saturday.

Mikati met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the forum’s headquarters. Its press office said it discussed Lebanon’s ties with Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Mikati also met his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani.

In a press conference after the two meetings, Mikati said, “What has to be has to be, and Lebanon is supposed to always have excellent relations with Arab countries and Gulf states. Lebanon is one of the founders of the Arab League and we strongly believe in such ties.

Lebanon is supposed to always maintain excellent relations with Arab countries and Gulf States. Lebanon is one of the founders of the Arab League and we strongly believe in such ties.

Najib Mikati, lebanese prime minister

Speaking about Lebanon’s diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, Mikati pointed out, “It was a summer cloud that passed. God willing, it will fade completely with the visits I will make to Arab countries, and with the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Lebanon and the Gulf countries. We need those links, especially with Saudi Arabia.

Mikati said the emir had promised that the Qatari foreign minister would visit Beirut in the coming weeks to personally check on Lebanon’s needs.

He spoke about the Lebanese government’s efforts to resolve the country’s economic crisis, saying, “The current economic situation is an accumulation of more than 30 years of problems. It cannot be solved overnight. The government is striving to achieve an economic recovery. God willing, we will get there soon.

Mikati said: “The IMF delegation will arrive in Beirut next Tuesday to resume negotiations. The delegation is headed by the president of the IMF and the next round of negotiations will last two weeks, after which a preliminary agreement will be signed.

“We have no choice but to cooperate with the IMF to put Lebanon on the road to recovery.”

On the sidelines of the Doha Forum, Mikati met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Omani Foreign Minister Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi. He also met the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

In Beirut, Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi denounced the Houthis’ terrorist attack on Saudi Arabia on Friday, saying, “Targeting the Kingdom’s security is a clear and direct terrorist attack on Arab legitimacy. We always stand with the Kingdom to address the challenges facing our common Arab security and in the face of any encroachment on Saudi sovereignty and security.

Lebanese Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian also condemned the Houthis’ aggression against the Kingdom, calling it “a crime that violates all international and humanitarian laws and norms.” Saudi Arabia’s security is part of the security and stability of the Arab region and that of all Arabs and Muslims around the world.

Derian called for Saudi Arabia’s solidarity in repelling the terrorism to which the Gulf Arab states are exposed.

The Future Movement issued a statement condemning the Iran-backed Houthis for attacking Saudi Arabia and targeting oil, vital installations and civilian areas.

“This Iranian persistence in committing criminal acts goes beyond targeting the Kingdom, posing a threat to regional security and stability. It is a cowardly attack on all Arabs, who are fed up with Iran’s subversive weapons. We stand with the Kingdom to face such acts, regardless of the challenges and sacrifices,” the statement said.

The Future Movement further called on “the international community to stand firmly behind the Kingdom in the face of Iran, to force it to stop playing with fire and threatening the security, stability and peace of Arab countries. , especially in Yemen, which he has turned into a ballistic zone”. platform to attack Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.