French Embassy Denies Report Paoli Exempted from Post

إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية W460

The French embassy in Beirut denied Saturday that Paris has decided to end the service of its ambassador to Lebanon Patrice Paoli, stressing that the envoy “enjoys the full confidence of the French authorities.”

“Contrary to the claims of al-Akhbar newspaper, the ambassador is performing his mission in a non-partisan approach,” the embassy said in a statement.

“France is keen, primarily through its ambassador to Beirut, to communicate with all Lebanese and enhance dialogue and understanding between them,” the embassy added.

It said “the only French bias is towards supporting Lebanon and its institutions.”

The embassy also noted that “contrary to repeated allegations by this newspaper, the French embassy in Lebanon's work is focused on French-Lebanese ties, and it is not performing any political or security actions in Syria.”

Earlier, al-Akhbar reported that Paoli will be relieved of his duties “soon”.

It said the step follows a similar one by U.S. President Barack Obama, who allegedly nominated Washington's envoy to Beirut, veteran diplomat David Hale, as ambassador to Pakistan.

“Informed sources” refused in remarks to al-Akhbar to comment on the possible motives.

The newspaper pointed out that the failure by Lebanese rivals to elect a new head of state would prevent Paris and Washington from appointing two new ambassadors to Lebanon.

It said such a step would compel the two countries to name chargés d'affaires for their embassies in Beirut until it is possible to appoint new ambassadors.

Hale had previously served as the top U.S. diplomat in Jordan and was special envoy for Middle East peace under Obama.

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Comments 4
Default-user-icon puppet (Guest) 14 March 2015, 08:27

I respect Mr. Mowaten, Mr. Flamethrower, and the Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon equally for their transparency and support of the resistance.

Missing helicopter 14 March 2015, 16:35

M8 supporters are smiling wide at such news. Their weakening of the State efforts is bearing fruit.

Missing coolmec 14 March 2015, 18:52

The stat is indeed being weakened and left to its destiny by the world powrs. They are tired of dealing with corrupt local leaders.
Pity the county

Thumb whyaskwhy 15 March 2015, 07:25

who cares if he stays or goes as if its going to rock the politics of the middle east. Let us know when the water becomes potable again in Lebanon first.