Saudi Openness and Internal Flexibility: Thursday of Dialogue?


Although the next forty-eight hours will be sufficient to determine the direction related to the Speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri’s proposal to turn the tenth session of the House of Representatives next Thursday into a session of consultation and dialogue between the heads of parliamentary blocs or around the “regular” election session, it seems that there are features of wide parliamentary flexibility to pass this round Dialogue, although it is difficult to bet on clear results in advance. The answers awaiting the President of the Council in the coming hours have not yet been finalized to determine the next direction, but the general atmosphere prevailing over the dialogue proposal did not show reservations amounting to rejection, as happened last time when the great Christian blocs unanimously agreed on reservations, rejections, or the setting of conditions that would not With this, the alternative dialogue would become separate from the election sessions. The data indicates that the official final positions of the blocs on the dialogue proposal will take shape today and tomorrow. If there are no positions that absolutely reject the proposal, Berri will continue preparations to invite the heads of the parliamentary blocs to a dialogue session to invite Thursday on one and only item, which is the presidential election. But if signs of rejection appear again in the coming hours, the features of the comprehensive presence of the blocs and independent representatives cannot be completed, then the talk show will be overthrown, which will keep the date of next Thursday dedicated to the tenth election . session, which this year will be the last before the Christmas and New Year holidays.

In this context, it should be noted that the “Lebanese Forces”, which determined that any dialogue session is part of the ongoing election sessions of the Council, still adhere to this condition. However, Representative Ghassan Hasbani stated yesterday that “the Forces” have no problem to participate in the dialogue,” he called Elijah Berri after the election session. Hasbani asked: “What is the purpose of the dialogue if it was to present the specifications of each party? Some want a reformist, sovereign president, and a party wants a president who protects the “resistance” and don’t stick it in the back.” He believed that the movement undertaken by representative Gebran Bassil is within the framework of raising the ceiling of negotiations, especially with his ally, “Hezbollah”, and he went to Bkerke to save his person and the Christian faction mobilize to hide behind him. He pointed out that efforts to hide behind Christian cover and seek refuge in Bkerki when the need arises have one goal, namely to achieve the presidency of the republic, adding: “It is shameful for the Christian community and for all sects.”

Representative Taymour Jumblatt announced his welcome to Berri’s invitation to dialogue, adding: “We have always been and continue to be advocates of accelerating the dialogue, and after reaching the deadlock and the state of deadlock and obstruction of the presidential election has, it is inevitable to agree on a personality capable of implementing the constitution, fulfilling the Taef agreement, and the challenges that lie ahead through a clear reform program, and dialogue must also include the regularity of ensure institutions to work to relieve the citizen from what he suffers in terms of his existence and the elements of his economic, social and hospital stability and his worsening crises.

Bin Salman and Miqati
As for the other development that emerged on the intra-Arab scene, it was in Riyadh, where Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received the interim prime minister, Najib Mikati, last Saturday as part of his participation in the Arab- Chinese summit. This meeting has received significant indications, in terms of the fact that it is the first time that Bin Salman Mikati is related to this official meeting, or in terms of the internal influences and revelations that it will leave amid the escalation of the sharp campaign undertaken by the “Free Patriotic Movement” against the prime minister, and notes that Mikati will visit Bkerke today before noon.

The meeting reflects features of Saudi openness to increase the level of interest in the Lebanese file. An-Nahar correspondent in Paris, Randa Taqi al-Din, quoted a senior French official in this context as saying that French President Emmanuel Macron wanted the Saudi Crown Prince to receive President Mikati during his stay in Riyadh and developments in Lebanon with him and discussed. urging him to implement internationally required reforms.

However, government sources said that the meeting was the result of previous contacts held between Mikati and Riyadh, explaining that the meeting lasted for more than half an hour and was good, and was the result of intensive contacts that took some time started ago. The sources pointed out that the meeting turned the old page and opened a new page between Mikati and Saudi Arabia. And whether there will be financial aid from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon, the sources said that it is too early to talk about this issue and that the most important thing for Mikati, in parallel with the election of the President of the Republic, is to to work on financial aid to Lebanon to improve its economic situation.

Regarding the official information about the meeting, the Saudi Press Agency stated that “during the reception, aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries were reviewed. The Lebanese Prime Minister expressed his continuous thanks and appreciation for the Kingdom’s historical positions towards Lebanon and the Kingdom’s essential role in establishing Lebanese reconciliation and consolidating the peace phase after the approval of the reconciliation document.” He also confirmed the commitment of the Lebanese government to take all steps to avoid offending the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and all Arab countries, especially the countries. of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.
During the reception, the importance of the election of a president for Lebanon and the implementation of the reforms sought by the Lebanese people and the international community was emphasized.

The Crown Prince confirmed the Kingdom’s zeal for Lebanon’s security and stability, and for the continuation of the humanitarian support provided by the Kingdom and France to the fraternal Lebanese people.

Sponsorship and internationalization
Meanwhile, the return of the Maronite patriarch, Cardinal Mar Beshara Boutros Al-Rahi, to his focused demand for the internationalization of the Lebanese crisis emerged, based on his question: “Is there a decision made from a previous conception and designed to demolish the existing Lebanon, and build on its ruins a draft state that does not belong to its people, its history or its environment?”. He said in his sermon yesterday:

“How do the deputies judge themselves if they meet nine times and do not elect a president of the republic? This means that they do not want to elect a president, or they are not competent to elect a president, and therefore challenge they the existence of the Lebanese Republic… Aren’t the sessions of the parliament, as they exist, to deceive the people and the world that they are meeting to elect the President, and deceive and camouflage them? Hence the need to to the United Nations and the decision-making countries to save Lebanon before it is too late. There is no escape from internationalizing the Lebanese issue after the failure of all internal solutions. It is remarkable that those who fail internal solutions are those who internationalization refuses. And when the solution is disrupted “The domestic affairs and rejection of internationalization mean that these parties do not want any solution to the Lebanese situation. Either Lebanon will be as they want it, or it won’t be. But everyone should know that Lebanon will be like everyone else. his loyal sons want it.”

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