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Sawt Beirut International News Bulletin – March 24, 2021

In today’s news bulletin:

  • While budget is under dollar’s control, the caretaker government’s numbers freezed at 1515
  • Protests against merchants ’ endless monopoly, a campaign to boycott the purchase of eggs and chickens
  • Hospitals are alarming, and the patient takes on board remaining expenses uncovered by social security

The political movement did not head to Baabda today, nor to Bayt el Wasat. Instead, it headed for Yarzeh. The Saudi Ambassador met respectively with the Ambassadors of the United States of America and France, and during both meetings, the government formation latter was the cornerstone of talks and negotiations. What happened is of outstanding importance. The meeting comes after a remarkable visit by Ambassador Walid Bukhari to Baabda Palace yesterday, where he met with President Michel Aoun, and after a meeting held by the American and French ambassadors to discuss the complex and intertwining government file. Now are we facing an American-French effort Saudi joint to get Lebanon out of this unknown journey?

The internal diplomacy movement has not yet reached the pinnacle of its efforts and initiative, but it is a movement that is putting things into perspective and redrawing a real road map to break the impasse. The Saudi ambassador’s remarks from the Baabda palace platform yesterday marked a watershed moment in diplomatic language because they were unambiguous. Al-Bukhari preferred to stay away from the nitty-gritty of government, focusing instead on two issues: the implementation of Taif and the implementation of international rulings, and it is in this context that Bukhari intersects with what Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Al Rahi proposes.

“Weak” solutions are no longer effective, and facing reality has become more than a necessity to overcome what we are witnessing today. Lebanon is being subject to regional powers’ decision that have established their strong presence in Lebanon, and there is no solution except the international rescue option in order to bring things back on track and return everyone to the state on order to get rid of such a reign. However, will these regional powers be able to save us, without delay and procrastination?

  • Sawt Beirut International