Report: Possible new round of Saudi-French talks over Lebanon


A new round of consultations might be held between the French and the Saudis, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported Tuesday.

The daily said it has learned from Diplomatic sources in Paris that France and KSA are committed to helping Lebanon and that the consultations won't necessarly be held in Paris.

Other political sources told al-Joumhouria that although they haven't sensed positive signs regarding the Paris meeting, it is possible to see in the coming days a Saudi and French drive by Saudi and French Ambassadors to Lebanon Walid Boukhari and Anne Grillo.

Representatives of France, KSA, Qatar, the U.S. and Egypt had met in Paris in February to urge Lebanese leaders elect a president, end months of political wrangling and stem the financial meltdown.

Lebanon's divided lawmakers have made 11 unsuccessful attempts to name a new president and have not convened since January 19.

On Tuesday, the black market dollar exchange rate hit LBP 143,000, prompting protests and pushing pharmacies to shut their doors, as gas stations threatened to go on strike.

Comments 3
Thumb gebran_sons 21 March 2023, 14:23

Macron, keep the hell out of Lebanon. If you're so fond of Hizbollah and Frangieh, take them to France but don't play with our freedom and democracy!

Missing rabiosa 21 March 2023, 17:45

Macron, the French and the EU are trying tasty relevant. They are useless as I pointed out a long time ago. All they care about is there economic deals with the Mullahs and that's why they appease them every which way they can.

The despised Donald Trump had the Mullahs on their knees suffocating them economically to the point of collapse, but if it wasn't for the EU and some other backstabbers who wouldn't go along.

Thumb boulos1010 22 March 2023, 04:31

Macron is useless. Give it up!!!