Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Tuesday stressed that there is still time to address discrepancies with Saudi Arabia, hoping that Lebanon would not be forced to resort to international laws so as to solve this issue.
“We reject any act of aggression against Saudi Arabia. However, we also do not tolerate any meddling in the internal affairs of Lebanon,” Bassil told reporters at the Lebanese embassy in Paris following talks with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace.
"Lebanon does not want either to interfere in other countries' affairs or for other countries to interfere in its own affairs."
“Lebanon is keen to safeguard its ties with Saudi Arabia,” he added.
Bassil stressed that the Lebanese are waiting for Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return to his country "where he can act freely and decide whatever he sees would be best for him".
“The crisis would be over once he is back. Other problems are related to the region and cannot be solved just in Lebanon,” he noted.
“The only way for Hariri to prove that he's free is to go back home," Bassil stated.