Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that the Arab foreign ministers reiterated Arab solidarity and support for Lebanon, indicating “trust in Lebanon’s stability and future.”
Foreign ministers from the Arab world gathered in Beirut to take part in the consultation meeting ahead of the upcoming Arab Summit in Algeria in November.
With the exception of Syria, whose membership is still suspended, all of the Arab foreign ministers attended the meeting, which ended on Saturday.
A delegation of attendees visited the presidential palace in Baabda before to the summit, where they met with President Michel Aoun, who emphasised the significance of Arab-Arab relations.
“Lebanon, despite its difficult circumstances, is determined to face challenges and find solutions to get out of its crises,” said Aoun.
He emphasised that Lebanon could no longer support the significant influx of migrants and internally displaced people onto its territory.
“We hope that you will help us to face these challenges.”
According to Aoun, the Arab world is dealing with a number of issues that call for coordination and cooperation. He also stressed the importance of Arab unity in light of the current crisis.
The president explained to the ministers that Lebanon is dealing with a variety of interconnected challenges, and he added that the country is burdened by the vast number of refugees and internally displaced persons living there.
“The international community’s position does not encourage finding quick solutions,” said Aoun.
The president emphasized that “Lebanon, despite its tough circumstances, is determined to tackle difficulties and find answers to get out of its problems” and expressed optimism that the Arab Foreign Ministers would “help face these obstacles.”
“The Arab League supports Lebanon’s people, government, and institutions,” Aboul Gheit noted.
Meetings between Arab foreign ministers, he claimed, are crucial for communication because they help them reach agreements on initiatives and programs that will help the League.
Aboul Gheit believed that holding the gathering in Beirut at this time was important and necessary to demonstrate that the Arab nations support Lebanon, its political elite, and its populace.
“This beautiful country and its great history will overcome the economic and political issues it faces,” he remarked, expressing the League’s hope.
Later, the Arab delegation met with Speaker Nabih Berri, who reiterated that Lebanon “will not forget its Arab brothers, nor forget Taif, Doha, or Kuwait.”
With the sincere assistance of its people and Arab nations, Berri claimed that Lebanon is in a “condition of stoppage of payment (of debt) and holds all the elements of regeneration and resurrection from crises.”
The speaker noted that Lebanon has a large expatriate population that is dispersed throughout Arab nations and the rest of the world. He also noted that this population serves as a significant humanitarian, cultural, and financial tributary that can help the country advance alongside its sea resources of water, oil, and gas, particularly along its borders with Palestine.