President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, welcomed at Baabda Palace on Monday Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Abul Gheit during which the pair saw eye-to-eye on the importance of Beirut Arab Summit's decisions and their high impact on joint Arab action.
Lebanon has formed a committee to follow up on the implementation of the decisions of the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit which was held in Beirut back on January 20, 2019, Aoun told Abul Gheit.
"Lebanon will be in contact with the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States. It will elaborate the proposal presented by the President of the Republic to the Summit, mainly in terms of establishing an Arab Bank for Reconstruction and Development to help all affected Arab countries and peoples overcome their ordeal and contribute to their sustained economic growth, Aoun added.
In turn, Aboul Gheit conveyed to President Aoun his heartfelt well-wishes on the occasion of the new government formation. He hoped that this would contribute to more stability and better economic conditions in Lebanon.
The Secretary-General also briefed President Aoun on the ongoing preparations for the Arab summit in Tunis towards the end of next March, and the Arab-European summit to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh by the end of this month. He also capitalized on the fact that Lebanon's participation in both summits would contribute to their success.
"President Aoun's proposal to establish an Arab bank for reconstruction and development will be placed on the agenda of the Arab Economic and Social Council, he added.
Asked whether there had been far-reaching contacts for the return of Syria to the Arab League, Abul Ghait said that he had been following up very closely on this subject, yet was not aware of any consensus on the matter thus far.
The Arab foreign ministers will meet in the ordinary ministerial council on March 6, and from today until that date, there is a chance, of course, for this is almost three weeks from now � (...) but the issue is a matter of will rather than time, and it's up to countries to agree between each other within the Arab League concerning approach or direction choices.
In response to another question on whether the timing of his visit to Lebanon with that of the Iranian Foreign Minister was a mere coincidence, Abul Gheit ruled out any Arab-Iranian competition on the Lebanese scene.
As for whether the President of the Republic had promised him to personally participate in Sharm el-Sheikh and Tunis summits, he replied: "President Aoun did not specify whether he or the Prime Minister would represent Lebanon, but he promised high Lebanese presence.
Source: National News Agency