| 26 September 2022, Monday |

Lebanon has risen to the top of the Arab and international agendas once more

The focus is on Lebanon’s reaction to the 12 Kuwaiti-Gulf requests, and what the Gulf and Arab governments will do as a consequence, in the absence of a serious and definite Arab and international position on Lebanon’s fate.

Government sources told Sawt Beirut International that the Lebanese reaction was agreed upon within the cabinet’s pillars. And that this response did not mention weapons as a special item, but rather dealt with resolutions No. 1559, 1680, and 1701, and that Lebanon wants that, and that this is supposed to be a positive point. Thus, this position is in front of the Lebanese government’s ministerial statement, and it represents the government’s convictions.

The sources indicated that in light of the Lebanese response, the Gulf states are expected to look for a solution, while the situation in Lebanon will be one of the most prominent topics on the agenda of the consultative meeting of Arab foreign ministers that will be held tomorrow, Saturday, in Kuwait.

Presidency sources confirmed to Sawt Beirut International that the Lebanese response that the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdallah Bou Habib, brings to Kuwait is based on international resolutions and affirmation of them. Sources pointed out that the response dealt with the interference in Resolution No. 1559 related to, apart from the withdrawal of foreign armies from Lebanon, the Israeli occupation, as there are areas that have not been liberated and that the Lebanese resistance plays a role in liberation, and it does not use its weapons inside, and that more than one party is concerned with the implementation of this resolution .

And that Resolution 1701 is bound by Lebanon, but Israel is not bound by it, and it commits daily breaches, while the implementation of the resolution is still in the first clause, where hostilities have ended but the stage of a ceasefire has not yet been reached. In terms of smuggling, the Lebanese authorities are carrying out their duties and obligations, and they are working in full security cooperation with the Gulf governments to combat smuggling.

The Lebanese response carries the proposal to form a Lebanese-Gulf committee, to which the countries that want to participate in the committee will join to follow up on the implementation of Resolution No. 1559. The sources believe that this resolution needs a quiet discussion with the Gulf states in order to understand Lebanon’s position.

According to well-informed diplomatic sources, whatever the outcome of the Lebanese reaction, it will pave the way for discussions concerning weaponry between Lebanon and the Gulf on one side, and the Gulf, France, and the US on the other. There is an ongoing attempt to find a solution, but no Lebanese official is aware of any details. According to the sources, regardless of the Lebanese reaction, it will be the focus of foreign follow-up, and the Lebanon issue will be pushed back to the forefront at the Arab and international levels.

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