Lebanon’s presidents meet on Independence Day, and the Gulf refuses to “extend”

On the anniversary of Lebanon’s independence, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri met at Baabda Palace, while the Gulf states affirmed their rejection of what they described as “insulting” them.

Miqati: one hand

Prime Minister Najib Mikati stressed, according to the Lebanese presidency website, that “we cannot preserve independence if we are not one hand, and understanding is the basis, and the meeting that took place today was a serious dialogue and, God willing, it will lead to good.”

For his part, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, while leaving Baabda Palace, responded to a question about whether the situation had “resolved”, saying: “God willing.”

The Gulf: We refuse to procrastinate

In addition, the Gulf Cooperation Council affirmed that “the GCC countries have never abandoned Lebanon,” noting that it “rejects any aggression against the Gulf countries from the Lebanese side.”

In a television statement, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Nayef Al-Hajraf, explained that “the GCC countries have never abandoned Lebanon, and that no one can underestimate the importance of the GCC’s participation at the multilateral or bilateral level in helping Lebanon.”

Al-Hajraf stressed at the same time that “the Council rejects any aggression against the Gulf states from the Lebanese side,” pointing out that “the problem is inside Lebanon, and everyone sees this problem as a problem of a political elite seeking to achieve local gains, and it must be resolved within Lebanon.”

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