Bassil underscores Arab wish to have president to represent Lebanon during next summit

JANUARY 12, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, on Monday met at the Ministry with the Arab delegation comprising Arab League Chief, Nabil Elaraby and his Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheikh Khaled al-Sobah, who is currently presiding over the Arab summit, in addition to the Mauritanian Foreign Minister.

Following the talks Bassil held with the delegation, conferees held a joint press conference, with Bassil indicating that the Arab countries were the key responsible to face terrorism.

“During the meeting, we discussed with the Arab delegation the issue of the Syrian refugees, whereby we agreed over the importance of the political solution in Syria, which is in use for Lebanon as a neighboring country. We sensed that Arab wish to have a president who would represent Lebanon during the next Arab summit,” he said.

He added that the delegation’s visit gave a sort of “reassurance” to the Arabs in terms of stability in Lebanon, “which does not want to be part of bellicose inter-Arab axes.”

For his part, al-Sobah said, “Our message to Lebanon is a message of support for stability and for the army as well as of offering help to assume the responsibility of sheltering refugees.”

“As Arab states, we hope that there would b a Lebanese president of the republic during the next Arab summit in March,” he added.

He did not fail to express condolences following the “criminal act” in Jabal Mohsen. “We express our condemnation and our siding with Lebanon in fighting terrorism.”

He also revealed that his country was looking into hosting a third conference for donors.

He mentioned that the Director General of the Kuwaiti Fund for Development would be in Beirut later this week.

“Kuwait might sign with Lebanon an agreement on assistance in civil service,” he concluded.

In turn, Elaraby indicated that the help for Lebanon in order to face terrorism must come from the Arab countries and not the Arab League.