Several mediations entered into by Lebanon to sever its relations with Saudi Arabia, which had severed its relations with the governments of the economically collapsing country because of Hezbollah’s derogatory positions on the Kingdom. After Prime Minister Najib Mikati visited France and London and introduced French President Emmanuel Macron to the mediation line with Saudi Arabia, it seems that the results are still disappointing.
A French source familiar with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman revealed that “Saudi Arabia still maintains its position not to support Lebanon as long as it is dominated by Hezbollah,” Lebanese media reported on Thursday.
According to the source, “The conversation that took place between US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his counterpart Le Drian 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 of this path are not over yet. The World Bank has also entered the line of 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,” noting that “Jordan did not start commercial flights to Syria, contrary to what was reported, because the US sanctions on Syria prevent that, and the announcement The Jordanian was about allowing travelers from Syria to travel through Jordan.”