And the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, said yesterday, in an interview with France 2 channel, during his stay in Paris, that he discussed with his counterpart and “friend” Jean-Yves Le Drian the issues of Lebanon, Tunisia and Libya. Al-Nahar Al-Arabi website learned from Western diplomatic sources that the dialogue on the three files reflects the American-French consensus on them, as they are three priority issues for the United States and France.
Talking about Lebanon did not go into details, except that the American side is very interested in the progress of the project to extract energy from Egypt and Jordan through Syria to Lebanon. The details on this path are not finished yet. The World Bank has also entered this path, and there is more work yet to be accomplished, and when the planning for it ends, the US administration will consider the formula for excluding it from sanctions on Syria.
The source stressed that in this case, and for humanitarian reasons, there will be an exception, and Jordan and Egypt will be able to export energy to Lebanon through Syria. The source added that Jordan did not start commercial flights to Syria, contrary to what was reported, because US sanctions on Syria prevent this, and the Jordanian announcement was to allow travelers from Syria to travel through Jordan.
On the Tunisian issue, the source said that France and the US administration are concerned about the deviation of Tunisian President Kais Saied to a rule that moves away from democracy, although there is a kind of welcome to appoint a woman to head the government, but this is not sufficient for the democratic path, as there are no details about the referendum nor about Parliament.