| 29 September 2022, Thursday |

Lebanon still waiting for a Gulf response, atmosphere unsettling

The Gulf Cooperation Council nations are still examining Lebanon’s response to the initiative launched by the Gulf. Despite the positive atmosphere expressed by Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib following his meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, the matter appears to be different, according to sources, because the Lebanese side, upon receiving the Gulf proposals to reduce tension, decided to keep it out of the discussion and limit it to the three presidents, who, in turn, drew up the response paper.

The two items related to the implementation of Resolutions No. 1559 and No. 1701 were ignored, causing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be dissatisfied with Lebanon’s intention not to deal seriously with the issue of Hezbollah and its repeated attacks on Gulf states, as well as its support for the Houthis in Yemen.

But what about the evidence concerning the Gulf states’ tendency to remove Lebanon’s diplomats and put penalties on the Mikati government?

So, waiting for the official Gulf response, Lebanon is on the verge of two scenarios: either the waters will return to its normal course, or we will go to more Gulf boycotts, which will increase Lebanon’s Arab and international isolation.

  • Sawt Beirut International