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Lebanon studies French initiative for security in the South

Beirut, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) Lebanon studied French initiative for security in the south of the nation, interim Prime Minister Najib Mikati said today.

The top executive figure emphasized the issue of not implementing any proposal outside the framework of the application of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, the Lebanese government’s X account disclosed.

According to Mikati, talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on his visit to Paris last week included the presidential elections, hostility in the south, the file of displaced Syrians and assistance to the army.

This Sunday, the head of the Lebanese government will receive the French foreign minister, Stéphane Séjourné, to follow up on Paris’ proposals centered on the power vacuum in the presidency and the exchange of fire in the south of the country.

At the beginning of a governmental session, Mikati insisted on the urgency of accelerating the election of the President of the Republic and reaffirmed the fulfillment of constitutional duties amid difficult circumstances impacting the nation.

At this point, the head of the Council of Ministers called for national and moral responsibility to provide citizens with the opportunity to obtain the necessary services, especially health and security.

Mikati, appreciated every move and effort to bring points of view closer and establish trusting relations and dialogue initiatives between the political forces, with the purpose of ending more than a year of vacancy in the first presidency.

On the occasion, he explained there is momentum to address the issue of displaced Syrians without exposing anyone to danger and respecting human rights.

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