| 4 March 2024, Monday |

Le Drian: War knocks on Lebanon’s doors… and I don’t understand officials’ “indifference.”

French presidential envoy to Lebanon, Jean-Yves Le Drian, indicated that he would “return to Lebanon soon, as it’s an Arab country and holds significant recent developments.”

Speaking to “France Info,” Le Drian emphasized his lack of reassurance about Lebanon’s situation due to recent events in the Middle East. “War is knocking on Lebanon’s doors, there’s no president for the republic, and the parliament isn’t convening. Hence, it’s crucial to abandon the mentality of competition and elect a president for the republic.”

Le Drian stated, “We don’t know who to address in Lebanon or who to talk to. The Lebanese people must be aware of imminent dangers, especially amidst these charged circumstances. I don’t understand the indifference of officials who ought to wake up.”

He further added, “We witness intense clashes in southern Lebanon, with heavy artillery shelling and drones leading to dozens of casualties, including two journalists yesterday.” Le Drian concluded, saying, “Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah’s speech doesn’t seek escalation. We fear slipping into broader violence to the point of no return and destruction in both countries. A mere spark can ignite war, and I will go to Lebanon upon French President Emmanuel Macron’s request to deliver the message.”

  • Sawt Beirut International