Lebanese President Michel Aoun said Wednesday that French President Emmanuel Macron’s willingness to hold a second aid conference for Lebanon by mid-October reflects France’s keenness to support Lebanon in overcoming its crises, a statement by the Lebanese Presidency reported.
“President Macron acted as a true friend of the Lebanese, and the positions he launched cannot be considered as an interference in Lebanese internal affairs, but they rather reflect a real will to help a country linked to France by ancient ties that are rooted throughout history,” Aoun said.
Aoun noted that Lebanese authorities must also, in return, show real determination to help the country by quickly forming a capable and transparent cabinet to start with reform measures and rescue Lebanon by unlocking international support.
“All parties should grab the opportunity today to benefit from the willingness of other countries to support Lebanon … by dropping rivalry while putting narrow personal interests aside and uniting behind a unified program,” the president added.
Macron visited Lebanon on Monday night and he met with various parties while agreeing with them on a roadmap aimed to achieve necessary reforms within 8 weeks.