Aoun: For a Quick Arab Action that Would Prevent Further Deterioration

Lebanese President Michel Aoun called on Friday for a “quick Arab action that would prevent further deterioration”, amid an already difficult situation.

The President made these remarks during his meeting at the Baabda Palace with Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli.

He explained that during the successive summits held in the past three years and on various other occasions, he had appealed to Arab countries for cooperation and solidarity in order to put an end to the deterioration in the region, especially since “the crises are moving from one country to another.”

“We hope these calls will be answered in the near future,” he said.

In addition, the head of state informed Madbouli that Lebanon was suffering the impact of the presence of displaced Syrians on its soil, and requested the facilitation of their return to their country.

“However, we face incentives and political exploitation to prevent this return, which raises questions about the reasons behind these positions,” he denounced.

The president did not fail to applaud the Egyptian investments in Lebanon, emphasizing the friendly and fraternal relations between the two peoples, relaying his greetings to his counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sissi for his re-election at the head of Egypt.

For his part, Madbouli reiterated Egypt’s support for Lebanon in various fields, saying that President el-Sissi wished “all the success to President Aoun in his mission to lead Lebanon safe to shore.”

He added that his visit to Lebanon had been fruitful and that bilateral cooperation agreements in the fields of telecommunications and industry contributed to the bolstering of relations between the two countries.

“I briefed President Aoun on the ongoing discussions between the Lebanese and Egyptian governments, and a meeting for the Lebanese-Egyptian High Committee is scheduled tonight for the signing of memorandum of understanding in various fields including energy, telecommunications, exchange of expertise and manpower,” he concluded.

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