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PM Najib Mikati welcome Saudi “support for Lebanon”

PM Najib Mikati welcome Saudi “support for Lebanon”

PM Najib Mikati speaks after meeting with President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon Aug. 16, 2021. (Credit: Dalati Nohra/Handout via Reuters)

BEIRUT — Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Saturday welcomed Saudi Arabia’s “support for Lebanon,” a week after French President Emmanuel Macron and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced a vague initiative to help the beleaguered country.

Here is what we know:

    • In a tweet, Mikati hailed bin Salman’s tour of Gulf states ahead of the 42nd summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) scheduled for Dec. 14 in Riyadh.

    • Mikati welcomed bin Salman’s “support for Lebanon,” amid a diplomatic spat between Beirut and Riyadh that saw the desert Kingdom recall its ambassador from Lebanon and ban imports from the country in late October.

    • While Saudi Arabia announced last week that it would work with France on a joint-mechanism to provide humanitarian aid for Lebanon, details have not been forthcoming, and Riyadh has not yet taken any concrete steps indicating that it was warming to Lebanon. 


BEIRUT — Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Saturday welcomed Saudi Arabia’s “support for Lebanon,” a week after French President Emmanuel Macron and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced a vague initiative to help the beleaguered country.Here is what we know:    • In a tweet, Mikati hailed bin Salman’s tour of Gulf states ahead of the 42nd summit of the Gulf...