French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Beirut on Monday night for his second visit to Lebanon since the tragic August 4th bombing in a bid to resolve a deep political crisis and mark the first centenary of the declaration of a Greater Lebanon.
The presidential plane, which had French and Lebanese flags in its windows, landed at Beirut airport at 21.00 local time (and Greek time), according to a French Agency journalist.
There, Macron, accompanied by Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Social Solidarity and Health Minister Olivier Veran, was received by Lebanese President Michel Aoun.
“Lebanese, you are like brothers to the French. “I gave you the promise: I am returning to Beirut to look for emergency aid and to build with you the conditions for reconstruction and stability,” the French president wrote on Twitter upon his arrival in the Lebanese capital.
During a visit on August 6, Macron called for a new “political agreement” and urgent reforms, promising to return to assess the progress made by authorities, which citizens have been denouncing in the streets for months.
“Mission Government Recommendation” as soon as possible ”
In addition, Macron called for the establishment of a “mission government” “as soon as possible” upon his arrival tonight in Lebanon, a country that has been plagued for months by a deep political and economic crisis.
“I saw that a process began in the last hours, which allowed a person to emerge as prime minister. “It is not up to me to approve or anoint him, but to ensure that a mission government is actually formed as soon as possible to implement the reforms,” Macron said from Beirut airport, beginning his second visit in in less than a month in Lebanon.