In today’s news bulletin:
In the upcoming week, all roads lead to Beirut. On Monday, the head of the American delegation participating in the negotiations to demarcate the maritime borders between Lebanon and Israel will arrive to Lebanon. The goal is clear and specific: Relaunch the indirect negotiations, fix a date for it, and discuss its settings.
The sudden American movement raises more than one question: What is the reason for the urgent decision to return to the negotiations that were stalled after the fourth round and were suspended? And on what basis will the Lebanese comeback take place? Did Lebanon permanently drop the demand for the additional kilometers specified by the coordinates of the Lebanese army? Why is the absolute secrecy surrounding this important and vital file related to wealth that has an impact on future generations and the economic destiny of Lebanon?
This is on the Washington – Beirut line. As for the line of the French capital, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives on Wednesday to Beirut to hold talks on Thursday and Friday with senior officials and with Lebanese leaders. According to the information, Le Drian will not drown in the Lebanese details, especially the governmental ones. Rather, he is coming to Lebanon to convey to the officials a French message that cannot be interpreted: Form the government immediately, otherwise, the French sanctions will definitely come. These sanctions, it seems, will include about forty people and will take a gradual direction. Has Paris moved to the policy of striking? Is what the French initiative did not achieve with kindness and threats and intimidation, can be achieved after the sanctions become a fact?
In parallel, the Vatican is coordinating with Bkerke on the government formation line, and there is talk that the Patriarch Al-Rahi is indirectly promoting a government formula that many consider the latter’s formula, will the Maronite Patriarch succeed in his attempt? Or is the birth of the government in need of a miracle, while the time for miracles is over?