Macron Arrives in Beirut on Second Visit Since Blast

  • French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Beirut on his second visit since the horrific port explosion
  • Mustafa Adib was assigned to form a new government
  • Macron called for the formation of "a government with a specific mission as soon as possible."

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Beirut on his second visit since the horrific port explosion, hours after Prime Minister-Designate Mustafa Adib was assigned to form a new government and on the eve of Lebanon’s revival of its first centenary. President Emmanuel Macron landed Monday at Beirut airport.

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron upon his arrival at the airport in Beirut.

Macron’s receivers at Beirut airport Monday evening include President Michel Aoun, a number of Lebanese official figures, and the French ambassador to Lebanon, Bruno Fuchsia. Macron’s plane landed at Rafic Hariri International Airport at 9:00 pm local time (18:00 GMT), according to an AFP correspondent.

“The opportunity for our country is small and the mission I have accepted is based on all the political forces acknowledging that,” said Adib, who won the support of nearly all Lebanon’s main parties in consultations hosted by Aoun.

“There is no time for talk and promises . . . It’s the time to work with everyone’s cooperation,” he said.

Macron called for the formation of “a government with a specific mission as soon as possible.”  Macron said after his counterpart, Aoun, received him at the airport that one of the goals of his return was “to ensure that a government with a specific mission will be formed as soon as possible, to implement the reforms” required by the international community in exchange for international support to Lebanon, which would help restore the economic wheel.

“We welcome the nomination of a new prime minister and hope that a new government will be formed shortly with a mandate to implement the policies and reforms that Lebanon needs to address the current crisis and restore sustainable growth,” an IMF spokesperson told Reuters.

Macron begins his second visit to the Lebanese capital, Beirut, with a meeting with Fairuz, one of the most famous singers in the Arab world, and her voice is considered a soundtrack to Lebanon from its heyday, through its struggles, and even the latest shock he witnessed.

Macron will meet Fairuz at her home after arriving in Beirut for the second time in less than a month to urge the divided politicians in Lebanon to solve the country’s worst economic crisis, which was exacerbated by a devastating explosion in the Beirut port this month.

Site of the Beirut Blast.

The Lebanese local channels were broadcasting the songs that Fairuz assigned to Beirut, while they were showing pictures of the explosion and the resulting damage.

“It was the pressure of his calls to everyone, the pressure of his coming to Lebanon, the pressure of everyone not wanting to upset him,” a senior Lebanese politician said.

A French presidency source said Macron was demanding “a government of mission, clean, efficient, able to implement the necessary reforms in Lebanon”.

The agenda of President Macron is full of political and symbolic meetings, on the occasion of the commemoration of the first centenary of the declaration of the State of Greater Lebanon during the period of the French Mandate. The visit ends with a meeting with nine representatives of the most prominent political forces

On his first visit on August 6, Macron called on officials to approve a “new political charter” and carry out urgent reforms, promising to return to an “assessment” of the progress that has been made.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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