French Ambassador to Lebanon, Emmanuel Bonne, hosted on Thursday a reception ceremony upon the French National Day, in presence of representatives of top leaders and officials, alongside a panel of journalists and social and diplomatic figures.
In his word, Bonne said that the Lebanese knew they could rely on France, stressing that his country is working on keeping Lebanon away from current threats.
Tackling Syria, he underlined that his country was concerned with preserving security in Lebanon and along borders, as well as on the national soil. “For this reason, we are cooperating with the concerned institutions and we are supporting the Lebanese army,” he said.
“It is important that international solidarity enable Lebanon to face the repercussions of the Syrian crisis, especially regarding refugees. France is fully assuming its role and even increasing its aids to refugees and the host communities,” he added, highlighting the necessity that refugees return to their homeland as soon as it is possible.
“France is carrying on work for a political transitional phase that remains the best solution to quench the war in Syria,” he said.
“It is also important to reach a solution to the political gridlock in Lebanon; France encourages the Lebanese parties to find the means of a settlement that would allow the election of a new president, the formation of a national unity government, and the renewal of the Parliament,” he pointed out.
“As France realizes that it is difficult to reach such an agreement, it simply aims to provide a suitable climate and obtain international guarantees to ensure that the agreement, if reached, would be respected by all,” he explained.
“As a matter of fact, it is of everybody’s interest that Lebanon remains away from regional crises (…) negotiations are possible to exit crises,” he concluded.
Source: National News Agency