Hariri: Lebanon's Stance at Riyadh Summit Stems from Oath of Office, Ministerial Statement
Prime Minister Saad Hariri emphasized on Wednesday that Lebanon's position during the Riyadh summit stems from President Michel Aoun's oath of office and the ministerial statement of the government.
“Lebanon's position, reflected through our national unity, stems from the oath of office and the ministerial statement. Positive atmospheres and distancing Lebanon from problems around us is crucial,” said Hariri during a cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace.
He stressed that the country's participation in the conference was a normal procedure, “we are always working on restoring our relations with all countries, this is important for us,” said Hariri.
"We have to acknowledge the changes happening in the region. We must distance Lebanon from that because we do not want to be part of any conflict. We do not want Lebanon to support one side against another, it is our major policy," Hariri stressed.
The PM pointed out that he had discussed the situation in Lebanon and the region with several country leaders on the sidelines of the summit, and invited them to visit Lebanon.
He also noted his agreement with Saudi officials to hold the Lebanese-Saudi Joint Economic Committee during the holy month of Ramadan.
On the thorny electoral law issue, Hariri said: “There must be a way to agree on a new law. No one would accept vacuum or the 1960 (electoral law). I believe there is a real chance to agree on one.”