PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron sent a message to his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun on the occasion of Lebanon’s Independence Day assuring him France will continue its work towards assisting Lebanon in weathering its current political and financial crises.
Macron is apparently aiming to organize a second aid conference to support Lebanon to be held on 2 December.
According to Reuters, Paris wants the conference to include political representatives at the highest possible level with the aim of collecting aid for Lebanon which is struggling to recover from the consequences of the explosion of the port of Lebanese capital Beirut last August and a general economic downturn.
In his letter to Aoun, Macron stressed that the multifaceted crisis in Lebanon calls for strong measures, calling for the speedy formation of a technocratic government which will be trusted and able to implement all these measures.
Macron urged President Aoun to call on all political forces to put aside their personal and sectarian interests to pursue the best interests of the Lebanese people. He also noted the need for Hezbollah to disarm in line with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1559, which states that armed militias in Lebanon must disarm, and to cease its direct and indirect interference with the Lebanese Government.