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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has arrived in Lebanon to meet with Lebanese officials to push for a government formation.
Before leaving France, Le Drian announced on Twitter that he will come bearing “a message of great firmness to political leaders and a message of full solidarity to the Lebanese.”
2/2 | Mon déplacement assure également de la solidarité de la France ?? sur les plans scolaire, médical, du patrimoine, et auprès des Libanaises et des Libanais qui se mobilisent pour leur pays.— Jean-Yves Le Drian (@JY_LeDrian) May 5, 2021
2/2 | Mon déplacement assure également de la solidarité de la France ?? sur les plans scolaire, médical, du patrimoine, et auprès des Libanaises et des Libanais qui se mobilisent pour leur pays.
He explained the firmness would be in the face of those who block the government formation, adding that France has already begun taking national measures against the Lebanese officials.
Some measures could be banning Lebanese officials suspected of prolonging government deadlock and of corruption from entry into French territories.
During his long-awaited trip, Le Drian will meet with President Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.
He has reportedly asked to meet with Gebran Bassil, the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement and the President’s son-in-law. Gebran Bassil is currently sanctioned by the United States.
With no progress at all, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is considering resigning,