Report: French President, Saudi Crown Prince Discuss Overdue Lebanon Govt


French President Emmanuel Macron and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly spoke over the phone on the government stalemate in Lebanon before Macron’s press conference, RT international television reported Monday.

RT said that Macron and Salman discussed the cabinet deadlock, reportedly suggesting the name of ex-PM Saad Hariri as “a point of agreement” to lead the next cabinet, and “stressing the need to solve the Lebanese crisis.”

It said the French President “did not at all mention anything about his talks with Salman during his press conference" Sunday.

Meanwhile, Hariri announced that he is not a candidate for the PM post following the resignation of PM-designate Mustafa Adib.

Macron upped the pressure on Lebanon's leaders to form a government in the wake of the Beirut port blast, saying their lack of progress represented a "collective betrayal".

At a rare news conference devoted to Lebanon on Sunday, he launched an extraordinary diatribe against a Lebanese political elite who he said had looked to their own selfish interests rather than those of their country.

Political parties had pledged in early September, during a visit to Lebanon by Macron, to form within two weeks a cabinet of independent ministers tasked with ending the country's economic malaise.

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Thumb lebanonforever 28 September 2020, 09:56

This is exactly the same problem us Lebanese keep allowing to happen to us..

Every flog outside of Lebanon keeps trying to fix Lebanon at the expense of Lebanese by appointing and endorsing the same corrupt thieving illiterates to rape our country..

This image says it all... I'm sick looking at it and Naharnet headline

Thumb justice 28 September 2020, 10:57

When the Lebanese are incapable of running their own affairs, what would you expect?

Thumb lebanonforever 28 September 2020, 11:10

Lebanese deserve better, are capable of running their own affairs.. historically we taught the world about trade, kindness, currency, alphabet, calendars, maths, literature, music, farming, poetry, philosophy etc...
modern history, our neighbours gave us Palestinian problems (which BTW every other arab country ignores) Syrian, Kurdish, Iraqi and Irani problems...
Our capacity is tilting through theft causing us poverty..
We deserve better

Thumb s.o.s 28 September 2020, 15:17

Lebanon deserves everything that’s happening , we even deserve a shitty president and the klepto-terrorists ruling class.

Thumb Rawshi 28 September 2020, 21:47

Lebanonforever you are living in la la land. Lebanese people are corrupt hence why the lebanese politicians are corrupt. Living in a imaginary past where the lebanese taught the world everything good that ever existed sounds like a mentally ill patient living in his own made up reality because the real reality is too painful to accept. You're blaming arabs, kurds, iran as if they entered the head of the lebanese and turned them into trash. Violent thugs, drug dealers, women abusers, corruption, crooked businesses, racism, hatred, sins, you name it's all heavily common in lebanese communities around the world. The vast majority of lebanese prefer to live outside of lebanon regardless of what government is in charge. Enough living in la la land.

Default-user-icon Faisal (Guest) 29 September 2020, 11:32

My god you are so pessimistic but I don't blame you
The only solution for Lebanon is getting rid of all parties even though it may cause a pain

May god bless Lebanon

Default-user-icon Buck teeth lungu (Guest) 29 September 2020, 04:15

Good luck, you will need it

Default-user-icon t t (Guest) 29 September 2020, 11:02

The explosion in Beirut’s bay, which killed hundreds of people, proves that Hezbollah are storing large amounts of explosives between innocent citizens!
Were the explosives stored for fun? For people’s sake? No, they were used for terrorist attacks carried by Hezbollah.

Default-user-icon t t (Guest) 29 September 2020, 11:04

Hezbollah are facilitated by Iran. They serve Iran’s agendas in the region. They destroy Lebanon and kill its citizens; obeying Iran by doing that!

Default-user-icon t t (Guest) 29 September 2020, 11:05

Hezbollah are a dangerous terrorist group who aim for power regardless of people’s sake and wishes.
They cover their actions with an Islamic layer; for supporters, but they are not by any means representing Islam.