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Sources: France, US, UK Support Technocrat Govt In Lebanon

Sources: France, US, UK Support Technocrat Govt In Lebanon

Friday, 22 November, 2019 - 10:15
Aoun met with Foucher on Thursday (NNA)
Paris, Beirut - Michel Abou Najem, Asharq Al-Awsat

High-ranking French sources told Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday that Paris is exerting efforts to find a solution to Lebanon’s crisis, preferably through a cabinet of technocrats who are not affiliated to any political party.

France is currently mobilizing its partners and the international community to help Lebanon exit its political and economic crisis.

In that regard, Paris is contacting regional parties, including Tehran and Washington to find solutions to end the Lebanese stalemate.

A tripartite French-US-British meeting was held Wednesday in Paris to discuss Lebanon.

On Thursday, French Ambassador to Lebanon, Bruno Foucher briefed President Michel Aoun on the outcome of this meeting.

The French diplomat informed Aoun that the three countries stressed their continued support for Lebanon's stability, sovereignty, and independence, and also pushed for the return of constitutional institutions to work.

Foucher also discussed with Aoun the visit of Director of the Middle East and North Africa Department of the French Foreign Ministry, Christophe Farno, who returned to Paris with an utmost conviction of a pressing need for reforms at various levels in Lebanon.

The sources said that Farno’s mission to Beirut focused on the need to form a cabinet of technocrats with a mission to take urgent decisions that meet the demands of the popular movement and to speed up necessary measures to fix the dire economic and financial situation.

“Paris is currently studying the idea of holding a summit of the states supporting Lebanon. However, there is still no decision on the level of participants attending this summit,” the sources said.

The summit would serve to renew trust in the Lebanese situation.

“France reiterates that the donor states would not blindly offer aid to Lebanon, but those states insist that Beirut starts with economic reform measures before receiving any international financing,” the sources explained.

The meeting in Paris uncovered a new development related to the US position from the situation in Lebanon.

The French sources said the US diplomats who attended Wednesday’s meeting expressed “moderate” positions towards the crisis in Beirut.

There was a huge gap between Washington and Paris’ positions regarding the Lebanese crisis, as some officials at the US administration wanted to employ the Lebanese crisis in their war against Iran.

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