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Sawt Beirut International News Bulletin – April 7, 2021

In today’s news bulletin:

  • What did the Egyptian foreign Minister keep in his pocket after a long day in Lebanon? And why were Hezbollah and Bassil left out of the tour?
  • After Iran, what are the sources of funding for Hezbollah?
  • When the forensic audit returns, the Central Bank is required to hand over the accounts; does this mean that the Ministry of Finance will be affected?

Today in Lebanon, a remarkable political and legislative movement with an Arab flavor took place. The Egyptian foreign minister toured Lebanese officials and leaders to encourage the establishment of a new government, obviously with regional support. Does the failure of Paris’ initiative pave the way for Cairo’s success?

In fact, things are complicated and there are no signs of a solution, as it became clear that everything reported in the past two days about the possibility of the President of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil, to travel to Paris is incorrect and completely inaccurate as Sawt Beirut International indicated from the first moment of the delivery of news. France didn’t send any invitation, neither to Bassil nor to the Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, and no meeting dates with French officials were scheduled for both of them. Therefore, news circulated were all fake, because Paris is not willing to send such an initiative at the moment. Fake news was not only limited to Paris, but has also reached the Vatican, as the news that the Holy See summoned Prime Minister Saad Hariri to address government affairs was widely publicized, and many people based their analyses and conclusions on this information. The truth is that Hariri contacted Vatican departments two weeks ago, requesting a meeting with Pope Francis, and received a response two days ago, with a date set for the Pope’s meeting on the 22nd of this month.

Both reports related to Paris and Rome are inaccurate and are not based on evidence, but indicate how the government formation is being misled in Lebanon. So is the intention behind all the leaked mistakes to divert attention from the Lebanese officials’ deliberation in obstructing the formation of the government, or are the failed officials making up their continuous failures with fake meetings in major capitals around the world?

The deteriorated livelihoods are imposing themselves at this moment, and prices are soaring in the absence of the Ministry of Economy. Is Lebanon destined to remain trapped between two borders, diplomatic assumptions and delusions, and political and economic deficits that threaten the destabilization of the country?

  • Sawt Beirut International