France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has threatened to intensify pressures on the Lebanese leaders.
The French minister criticized the Lebanese as if they commit collective suicide because they couldn’t lead the country out of its complicated crises.
Le Drian told reporters over his official visit to Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, that France does her best to lead Lebanon out of the political impasse after months of futile efforts to form a new government.
He threatened to take more harsh penalties against the Lebanese leaders in France or even in the member-states of the European Union (EU).
Le Drian explained that penalties may be taken against those who impede negotiations of forming the new government but he did not identify those personalities.
He unveiled that the French government has started taking restrictive measurements and those who were targeted will know that exactly.
So far, France has failed to persuade the political claque in Lebanon to agree on forming a government that takes responsibility for implementing economic reforms and receiving international financial aids.
On Thursday, Jean-Yves Le Drian told the Lebanese leaders that Paris was running out of patience on this issue.
The head of the French diplomacy met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, and Saad Hariri, who was appointed last October to form a new government.
“I am here to avoid this collective suicide, which was orchestrated by some,” he said at the conclusion of these meetings, reiterating his support for the Lebanese people, calling for an end to the political blockage.
On Friday, Le Drian said that all Lebanese leaders have not fulfilled the pledges they made to French President Emmanuel Macron.
In an interview with the Lebanese newspaper “A-Nahar”, Le Dorian indicated that his meetings with the three presidents came from the standpoint of what they represent constitutionally and not “favoritism.”
The French minister affirmed that his country would mobilize the international community to hold parliamentary elections on schedule in Lebanon.