| 14 April 2024, Sunday |

Mikati reveals what he pledged to Saudi Crown Prince

Prime Minister Najib Mikati said, “Through the efforts exerted by the French President Emmanuel Macron, who spares no effort to support Lebanon, communication took place today between His Excellency, and His Highness, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and me, which opened the door to a new page of relations between Lebanon and the Kingdom, we want a clear relation with no blemishes, as it has always and historically been. We do not forget that the Kingdom and the rest of the Gulf states stand by Lebanon and the Lebanese at all times, and we also appreciate their embrace of the Lebanese in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Mikati added via a press interview: “I assured His Highness the Crown Prince of the Kingdom, Lebanon’s determination on restoring relations to their previous era, and that the government is committed to implement basic reforms that would open the door again to support Lebanon in these difficult circumstances that it is going through at all levels. I had two phone calls with His Excellency President Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, for briefing them, and they expressed their satisfaction and stressed their adherence to the best relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and all brotherly Arab countries, especially the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
Mikati also called upon all parties in Lebanon to “take into consideration the accuracy of the situation and circumstances, and not to take any action or interfere in any matter that offends the Arab brothers and harms the Lebanese.” And it is time to recommit to the policy of neutralization, and not to involve ourselves and our country in what has nothing to do with us.”