Michel Aoun

Aoun Calls for Defence Dialogue, Hinting at Friction with Hezbollah

Lebanese President Michel Aoun called on Monday for national dialogue on matters including a defence strategy which he said it was the state's responsibility alone to implement, hinting at friction with his allies in the heavily armed Hezbollah. In a televised speech, Aoun also said he wanted the best ties with Gulf Arab states, asking why relations were being put under strain following comments by a Hezbollah-aligned minister on the Yemen war that triggered a diplomatic crisis in October.