Michel Aoun, Lebanon’s president, began his first foreign visit on Monday. It was no coincidence that he flew to Saudi Arabia. That may sound counter-intuitive, since Mr Aoun, mainly because of his close alliance with the pro-Iranian Hizbollah, has long been regarded as hostile to the kingdom. Nor have the Saudis been enthusiastic about the idea of an Aoun presidency, regarding him as the candidate of Iran and its allies.
President Michel Aoun met Thursday met with the families of the servicemen that are still held captives by ISIS, vowing to do whatever is needed to end this ordeal.