| 1 February 2023, Wednesday |

Will the statement of the resistance bloc brake the Saudi return?

The return of Lebanese-Saudi relations to what they were before constitutes a new and powerful turning point in the form of alliances and international and regional contacts, before the election date next May.

If the intentions are correct, the return of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Lebanon, Walid al-Bukhari, to Beirut may take place in the first week of next April, to be followed by the return of the ambassadors of the Gulf states.

This return, if it takes place, will redraw alliances and political positions, especially since the French-Saudi consultative meeting that took place at the Elysee Palace a week ago with the ambassadors Nizar Alula and Walid Al-Bukhari, resulted in French-Vatican advice, urging and encouraging the Saudi side to the importance of its return and presence in Lebanon. In view of the political and regional role it can play at the present time, the Kingdom is the strongest and most effective Sunni authority and reference on the domestic scene.

This Vatican-French advice came after great fear and concern expressed by the Vatican in its private councils, about the increase in the migration of Sunni and Christian youth from Lebanon. If this indicates anything, it is, of course, indicative of Lebanon’s loss of the model of actual coexistence.

The French side sees that the Gulf return to Lebanon, specifically Saudi Arabia, is a return to revitalizing Lebanon in the longer term, politically and economically, especially since the challenges that Lebanon will face on all levels cannot be passed without Arab support or support, specifically Gulf ones, that restore confidence to its institutions and economy.

It seems that the recent statement issued by Prime Minister Najib Mikati about Lebanon’s desire to restore its normal relations with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries received it with goodwill and positively. The Saudi Foreign Ministry welcomed Mikati’s statement, as well as Kuwait.
It turns out that the Gulf return to Lebanon may be possible and linked to various benefits and reasons for internal, regional and international goals, the most prominent of which is maintaining its stability by holding the parliamentary elections next May, and helping it to revive its economy.

However, an Arab diplomatic source told the “Sawt Beirut International” website, his great fear of halting this positive momentum in the return of contacts and the positive atmosphere between Lebanon and the Kingdom.
The source, who declined to be named, said that the statement issued by the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc, which described the Saudi regime as “terrorist and arbitrary, violating human rights…” might be a main reason for Saudi Arabia to review its accounts in returning to Lebanon for reasons that have become known and clear to everyone.

Also, the meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers, tomorrow, Sunday, may address from outside its agenda the Lebanese-Gulf relations in light of the welcoming statements issued by Lebanon, the Kingdom and Kuwait, where it is expected that the issue of returning Gulf diplomatic representation to Lebanon will be decided or not.

  • Sawt Beirut International