The Arab foreign ministers reaffirmed Arab support and solidarity with Lebanon, reflecting “confidence in Lebanon’s stability and future,” announced Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.
Arab foreign ministers arrived in Beirut to participate in the consultative meeting in preparation for the Arab Summit that will be held in Algeria in November.
The meeting concluded on Saturday with the participation of the Arab Foreign Ministers except for Syria, whose membership remains suspended.
Ahead of the meeting, a delegation of participants visited the presidential palace in Baabda and met with President Michel Aoun, who stressed the importance 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 reiterated that Lebanon could no longer bear the burden of the large numbers of refugees and displaced persons on its land.
“We hope that you will help us to face these challenges.”
Aoun said the Arab world is facing several challenges that require consultation and cooperation, adding that solidarity between Arab countries is essential in light of the current crises.
The President told the ministers that Lebanon suffers from a series of accumulated crises, adding that the large numbers of refugees and displaced people in Lebanon put a burden on the country.
“The international community’s position does not encourage finding quick solutions,” said Aoun.
The President hoped the Arab Foreign Ministers would “help face these challenges,” stressing that “Lebanon, despite its difficult circumstances, is determined to face challenges and find solutions to get out of its crises.”
Aboul Gheit pointed out that the Arab League supports Lebanon, its government, and its people.
He asserted that meetings between Arab Foreign Ministers are essential for communication, which would led to agreements on projects and programs that benefit the League.
Aboul Gheit considered holding the meeting in Beirut at this time essential and significant to assert that the Arab countries stand by Lebanon, its political leadership, and its people.
He said the League hopes “this beautiful country and its long history will overcome the economic and political problems it faces.”
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.”
Berri asserted that Lebanon is in a “state of cessation of payment (of debt) and possesses all the elements of revival and resurrection from crises” with the sincere help of its people and Arab countries.
Lebanon has an expatriate community spread out in the Arab states and worldwide, said the Speaker, adding that it has an important humanitarian, cultural, and financial tributary that can constitute an important and pivotal factor in advancing alongside the water, oil, and gas wealth in the sea, especially at the borders with Palestine.