Fabius Meets Miqati: France Will not Interfere in Lebanon's Affairs
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reiterated on Tuesday that France will not interfere in Lebanon's domestic affairs, but fully supports its stability.
“France does not interfere in Lebanon's internal affairs, but we fully back stability in Lebanon,” he said after holding talks with Prime Minister Najib Miqati at the French Foreign Ministry in Quai d'Orsay in Paris.
“We encourage you to return to dialogue and back the policy of dissociation adopted by your government in order to evade Lebanon the regional repercussions,” he told the premier.
On the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Fabius praised the efforts exerted by the Lebanese government in that regard, saying: “We realize the efforts you exert to aid the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and we fully support you.”
Emphasizing the friendly relations between the two countries, the French foreign minister said: “The friendly relations between Lebanon and France have and will always remain strong as will support the mission of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.”
On his part, Miqati stressed that Lebanon will adhere the policy of dissociation to spare Lebanon the repercussions of the Syrian crisis.
Discussions also touched on the Israeli aggression on Gaza and the endeavors exerted in that regard to reach a ceasefire.