| 5 December 2023, Tuesday |

French-Egyptian disparity in holding responsibility for government formation deadlock

France  has started to put in place measures limiting access to French territory for people blocking the political process in Lebanon. Some European countries will take similar measures once the penal code is completed against those in the European Union.

France has provided some concessions by accepting some ideas that were not included in its initiative. The Egyptian endeavor was not completely identical to the French endeavor. Arab diplomatic sources told “Sawt Beirut International” that Egypt has taken a clear stance, not with one party, but has expressed its stance in reference to the obstructing party.

After the visit of the Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to Lebanon, he realized that the Lebanon’s crisis is very difficult due to the terrible lack of trust between the political parties.

The sources indicated that Egypt did not bring a specific initiative to Lebanon, but it rather expressed its support to the French initiative. However, Egypt’s entire activity is definitely independent, but within the lines of the French initiative, especially regarding the responsibility for the government formation stalemate.

Conversations between Cairo and Paris, shows obviously that the French blame all political parties and officials for the government deadlock and ensure that every one of them should offer concessions.

However, the Egyptian stances are different, as it states that not all political parties are responsible, but rather a fundamental obstructer who hinders all the initiatives, and if other parties provided more concessions for this party, he will return to demanding more and more.

Egypt considers that the main obstructer has the intention to replay a role that he used to play before, therefore he will not give up, and he will continue fighting for his Presidential ambitions. Within this framework, we see differences in point of views between French and Egyptians, as Paris wants to reach a solution, and wants to put pressure on all parties to provide concessions, although some parties are doing so. Egyptians disagree with the French on this, and they consider that there is danger on the Taif Accord from a specific team as they are trying to reduce the Sunni’s role in the country.

  • Sawt Beirut International