Top US diplomat, others meet to rally support for Lebanon

Evarado Alatorre
Diciembre 8, 2017

Representatives of all five permanent members of the UN Security Council, including U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, are attending along with envoys from Germany, Italy and regional powerhouse Egypt.

The MP made the comments as world leaders prepare to meet in Paris on Friday with Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Hariri's shock resignation announcement sent tremors through Lebanon, long a proxy battleground of regional powers.

Macron called Hariri's decision "a positive step" and Lebanon's stability is essential for the entire region.

Hariri says Lebanon has been able to weather its crisis thanks to its worldwide partners and that the country's many parties affirmed their "commitment to dissociation from regional conflicts". She said he would also encourage other nations to do more to constrain Hezbollah and argue that doing so will lead to a "stronger, more stable Lebanon".

"The meeting today must show the will of global community to see the policy of regional disassociation put into place effectively by all in the country", he said.

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Friday said the meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon is an important gesture that requires the introduction of reforms in order to make it "successful".

On Nov. 4, Hariri abruptly announced his resignation in a televised address delivered from Saudi Arabia, which has always been considered his chief political patron.

He remained in Riyadh for more than two weeks before finally returning to Lebanon - via France - on November 21.

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon's prime minister while on a visit to Saudi Arabia, meet for talks at the Elysee Palace on November 18, 2017 in Paris.

"The disassociation policy is driven by my government and adopted by all its political components and will allow us to maintain our national unity", he said.

"Lebanon's stability is a priority to ensure stability in the region".

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