The Arab League is ready to intervene to help Lebanon overcome its ongoing crisis, the League’s Assistant Secretary-General, Hossam Zaki, said on Tuesday.
“I reiterate the Arab League’s readiness to do whatever it is asked to heal the current rift, in order to reach an agreed-upon settlement enabling Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to form his government without delay,” Zaki stated.
The ambassador said that any such agreement would accord with the French initiative that was endorsed by the Council of the Arab League during its last meeting on March 3rd.
The next Lebanese government, Zaki pointed out, should be able to “work with the skill of specialists to save Lebanon from its current crisis-ridden situation by implementing necessary reforms that meet the aspirations and demands of the Lebanese people.”
With that said, the Arab League emphasized its invitation to all political parties in Lebanon to advance the national interest and to “work quickly to end the political deadlock that is exacerbating the suffering of the Lebanese people.”
“The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, feels great anxiety due to the debates taking place in the (Lebanese) political arena, which suggest the country is sliding towards a severe crisis situation, whose features are now clearly visible,” Ambassador Zaki noted.