| 25 February 2024, Sunday |

“Sawt Beirut International” news bulletin, Saturday May 8, 2021

In today’s news bulletin:

– Le Drian’s visit to Beirut, despair from officials and support for civil society.

– With the lifting of subsidies approaching, some medicines stocks  is touch zero.

– Tripoli Charity Caravan continues to provide Iftar and Sohour meals to the needy.

Once again, Lebanon is up to its fate. After the visit of Jean-Yves Le Drian,  is not the same as before it. The French godfather has failed the Lebanese test and proved  that he has not managed the crisis well, which complicates reaching a solution.

On the other hand, the United States is moving the scene of the nuclear negotiations in Vienna, and supervising from afar the course of the Iranian-Saudi talks in Baghdad, and it does not oppose what is happening between Saudi Arabia and Syria. So the region is moving in a positive direction while Lebanon is mired in negativity and once again, sitting in the waiting room. But the dramatic developments in the region are much more important than the Lebanese details, which the French discovered late, that they are fatal details, and it is these very details that fired the bullet of mercy on his initiative, so has Lebanon entered the stage of weightlessness? Probably yes, because the French initiative is no longer placed on the table, and thus Lebanon is no longer in the interest of any Arab or foreign party. Forming the government is no longer a priority, but rather the parliamentary elections that will take place a year from now, so in the waiting period, will the Lebanese hold up and how? And can a resigned government that does not want to convene, manage a country on the verge of collapse ? Is with  a designated prime minister who spends most of his time abroad, and does not make any initiative , can a country be saved?

The political impasse is great, but it is nothing compared to other dilemmas that start with the possibility of Lebanon entering the era of total darkness and does not end with the lifting of support, in conjunction with the failure to reach the financing card. So who will precede, the regional consensus, the Lebanese elections, or the social explosion and economic collapse?