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France, concerned about Lebanon, defends the principle of non-interference (Le Drian)

Minister JY Le Drian expresses his concern about Lebanon (credit: EBS – Council of the EU / Archives B2)

(B2) Upon his arrival at the Foreign Affairs and Defense Council, this Monday morning, November 13, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian also wanted to show his concern about the situation in Lebanon. Spontaneously, he spoke to B2 on this subject, seeming to indirectly target the attitude of Saudi Arabia.

Are you concerned about what is happening in Lebanon?

“We are concerned about the situation in Lebanon. Lebanon has a long history with France. We are concerned about the stability of Lebanon. We are concerned about its integrity. We are concerned about non-interference. We are concerned about respecting the Lebanese constitution. And we hope that the timetable set will result in the Lebanese government being able to stabilize as quickly as possible. »

The Lebanese Prime Minister is a refugee in Saudi Arabia, is he really free to move?

“He declares that he is free to move. We are not right not to believe it. But for there to be a political solution in Lebanon, each of the political leaders must obviously have total responsibility for the movement. And let non-interference be a basic principle. »

…of all partners in the Middle East?

Non-interference is a basic principle [of all].

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).