Should Kordahi Resign to End Riyadh-Beirut Tiff?

Published November 1st, 2021 - 11:59 GMT
Prime Minister will meet Monday with French President
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati attends a joint press conference after his meeting with his Jordanian counterpart at the Grand Serail in Beirut, on September 30, 2021. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Prime Minister Najib Miqati will meet Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, al-Joumhouria newspaper said.

Informed sources told al-Joumhouria that the two leaders will meet in Glascow at the U.N. climate summit.

Miqati will also meet with the foreign ministers of Turkey, Kuwait and Egypt, the sources said.

They added that a meeting is being arranged between the prime minister and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Blinken is also attending with U.S. President Joe Biden the climate summit.

A meeting between Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Miqati might be “difficult,” the sources said, since Miqati “doesn’t have what meets the Saudi conditions.”

On another note, al-Joumhouria wrote that Miqati is insisting on the resignation of Minister of Information George Kordahi, as “a key to resolve” the Lebanon-Gulf crisis.

Miqati said in a statement Monday that he had asked Kordahi to let his “sense of patriotism prevail over anything else,” media reports said.

"We are facing a big slide,” Miqati reportedly said, "and if we do not avoid it, we will fall into what none of us wants."

The statement comes after Kordahi said Sunday, in remarks to al-Jadeed television, that his resignation is "out of the question."

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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