| 3 December 2023, Sunday |

Why is there no control of the diplomatic corps abroad?

Accusations and lawsuits against the Lebanese Ambassador to France, Rami Adwan, accused of violence and rape, in addition to his tarnished reputation, which his colleagues in the corps discuss, harm Lebanon’s external reputation and diplomatic representation, which has always been characterized and recognized for its highest features throughout history, until corruption affected all of them.

In the absence of punishment, particularly following the quick financial collapse nearly four years ago, the corps experienced several examples of corruption.

Diplomatic sources told Sawt Beirut International that the Investigation Committee assigned by Lebanon arrived in Paris yesterday. On Wednesday, it will begin its investigations with Ambassador Adwan, and will submit its report to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Abdallah Bou Habib, who was hastily summoned from his private visit to Washington. According to reports, if Lebanon does not lift Adwan’s immunity, the French state would request that he be returned to Beirut, as it does not want him in this position.

The sources confirmed that Lebanon had received an official French request to lift his immunity, and in the light of the report the matter will be studied. However, the situation is embarrassing for Lebanon, the reputation of the corps and the Lebanese French relations, and where it was necessary to appoint a distinguished personality from among the ambassadors as ambassador to Paris to further strengthen and strengthen relations, especially Paris is an important world capital.

At the moment, the Lebanese state is faced to two options: Either it sends an ambassador to Paris, but in the capacity of Chargé d’Affaires, because there are no diplomatic appointments under a caretaker government, or that the senior diplomat in the Lebanese Embassy in France, Ziad Taan, takes over the charge of Chargé d’Affairs.

According to the sources, the timing of the French side and the disclosure of the “scandal” in the Lebanese embassy had nothing to do with the rejection of the French proposal regarding presidency matter by former minister and MP Gebran Bassil.

What matters now is how Lebanon will deal with this situation in a way that does not jeopardize France’s relations with it. Will any attempt to remove his immunity receive opposition from the national movement in order to prevent this from happening? And how can Lebanon recover the policy that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs used to follow by sending ambassadors abroad after evaluating their morality and reputation in order to boost its reputation?

  • Sawt Beirut International