Gulf sources applauded the French-Saudi proposal regarding Lebanon and emphasized that any reconciliation between Arab nations is appreciated, especially given the tough conditions that Lebanon is experiencing, as it requires all of the friendly Gulf countries’ efforts to emerge from the crisis.
According to sources, the resignation of Information Minister George Kordahi is not the cornerstone of the issue. The most important thing is to address the root causes of the crisis, after Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries were patient with Hezbollah’s practices, which led to the diplomatic crisis with Lebanon. Among the most prominent items agreed upon in the French-Saudi initiative, is the urgent need for Lebanon to achieve comprehensive reforms, combat corruption and control borders, emphasizing on restricting weapons to legitimate state institutions, and that Lebanon not be a launching pad for any terrorist acts that destabilize the security and stability of the region.
In this scenario, Gulf sources affirm to Sawt Beirut International that the missing item has not been provided, so how can Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who is close to Hezbollah, put these measures into effect? “In terms of the agreements’ provisions, they keep Lebanon stable and on track, but the lesson is that these provisions come into effect,” sources noted. Concerning Hezbollah’s armaments, sources doubted that Hezbollah would agree to limit the arms to the Lebanese army because the weapon belongs to Iran, which pays the price in exchange for Hezbollah’s use of Lebanon as a launch pad.
Sources continued: “Hezbollah has become a terrorist organization and a drug-trafficking gang, and Mikati is completely unable to control the situation.”
“How can the Mikati government implement changes when it is comprised of corrupt individuals who have driven Lebanon to the brink of political, economic, and diplomatic collapse? How is this class going to transform the country and combat corruption? Is the battle against corruption carried out by the corrupt?” sources wondered.
Therefore, the provisions of the French-Saudi initiative will remain unsigned. Riyadh is fully aware of this, but it offered Lebanon one golden try, a last-ditch for Lebanon to fulfill its promises, to see the enormity of the risks posed by Hezbollah.