French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna met this morning with President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Najib Mikati, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.
The aim of her visit is to underline “France’s commitment to the proper functioning of Lebanese institutions”, and France’s role in a maritime border agreement between Lebanon and Israel.
“France has worked with its international partners” to reach this agreement, the foreign ministry said in a statement, welcoming the “historic” deal.
Colonna’s visit comes as the prospect of a power vacuum looms with the end of President Michel Aoun’s mandate and the failure on Thursday of parliament’s latest attempt to elect a president.
Lebanon approved the maritime border deal, unlocking significant offshore gas production for Lebanon and Israel.