Slow pace in receiving the Iraqi offer, and “covering” the Iranian offers: The government is hostage to Washington

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As if the Lebanese authorities were waiting for a signal, that is, a signal from the Americans, in which there is some contentment, in order to evade the alternative possibilities of fully submitting to previous economic policies. The search for alternatives by opening up to alternative options in oil, electricity, and investment, from Baghdad to Beijing, quickly freezes or sleeps in the drawers, as soon as an American “wink” looms by easing the attack on Lebanon, not stopping it.US Ambassador Dorothy Shea has remained present, since her tour that followed the visit of the US Army’s Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, to Beirut, particularly when those who have the decision to accept or reject Iraqi and Iranian offers to compensate for the fuel shortage in the market, at a time when electricity is absent from the Lebanese diaries.
Until this moment, despite the positive nature that characterized the meetings of the Lebanese ministers with the Iraqi ministerial delegation, no progress was recorded with the continuation of the policy of indecisiveness, while forces supporting and defending the government describe the mechanisms of action as “slow”, with a hint that “some are still sensitive to the Americans.” Those who did not say that they are reluctant to work with Iraq, but they do not favor any solutions to successive crises, and seek to tighten the siege and multiply the economic and security crisis. It is an unjustifiable slow. Although Lebanon is the one that needs help, not Iraq, the initiative came from the Iraqi government, after a secret effort by Hezbollah and the public, General Director of General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim.
The same applies to the Iranian offer, whose seriousness was confirmed for the third time, officially and publicly, with Ambassador Mohammed Javad Firouzenia, the day before yesterday, declaring his readiness to visit Prime Minister Hassan Diab and offering Iranian assistance to Lebanon in obtaining oil derivatives in the Lebanese currency, knowing that it was not issued Until the time there is no official response to the words of Veruzenia!
On the other hand, government sources confirm that “working with the Iraqi side is continuing, and clear trends are supposed to appear within ten days,” denying that the government’s position is related to the words of the American ambassador, but rather “logistical and technical measures”, while affirming that “the government will do all What is needed to solve the electricity and oil crisis.
Some have likened the government’s failure to act quickly and its retreat from decisions or options under media and political pressure, by its failure to defend its financial plan, which, despite the gaps, “constitutes an important step forward.” “Medium” sources say that “the government approved in its plan, for example, the recovery of a portion of the financial engineering funds. Since this matter requires a draft law, what would explain the failure to prepare a draft law and send it to the House of Representatives and to communicate with political forces to pass it? ». The same applies to «the options of China, Iraq and Iran. The government is serious in the search for solutions, and these solutions exist, but they are lean and slow in the face of campaigns and incitement, and the result is that there are no practical steps yet. ” The sources fear that “the alleged American calm is a plan to waste time and to keep Lebanon away from cooperation with the Chinese, so the Lebanese lose the potential Chinese opportunity and win no American support”, knowing that the American statements cut doubt on the certainty of the insistence of escalation. Yesterday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was clear about linking the position of the International Monetary Fund to American satisfaction, noting that the fund “will assist Lebanon and provide support to the government,” on condition that the government “provide a reform program.” Pompeo’s reforms are different from those demanded by the Europeans, since Washington sees the reform only as the government confronts Hizballah gradually to remove it from it and isolate it. McKinsey had preceded Pompeo, two days ago, by “briefing” a number of Lebanese websites, in which he threatened Hezbollah with dire consequences “if it launched a war against Israel.”

Ibrahim on the Bukhari table: Saudi Arabia is the key to Arab countries

In parallel, Ibrahim continued his endeavor towards the Arab states, delegated by President Michel Aoun. Yesterday evening, he culminated in his visits to Qatar and Kuwait, in response to the invitation of the Saudi Ambassador to Beirut Walid Al-Bukhari to dinner at his home. Ibrahim stressed during the meeting that “Saudi Arabia is the key to the Arab countries and the elder brother of Lebanon, and we are not seeking to line up anywhere.” The words of the Director General of General Security reminds the Kuwaiti people of what he said indirectly, that any Arab role in helping Lebanon starts from Saudi Arabia. While many question the possibility of Ibrahim reaching results from the Arab endeavor, in light of the American decision to prevent any assistance from Lebanon that would ease the impact of the siege, the sources say that “what General Ibrahim is doing is throwing an argument to those who say that Lebanon does not want to cooperate with the Arabs. Results”.


Shepherd explains to Aoun: I meant to defend you
Days ago, the statements of Patriarch Bechara Al-Rai about “Lebanon’s neutrality” take on political dimensions at home, and supporters have gathered around it. While some took advantage of the shepherd’s words about the “siege of legitimacy” by aiming at Aoun, the patriarch’s visit to Baabda was to confirm to Aoun that he did not intend to refer to it. According to sources in the Republican Palace, the “shepherd assured President Aoun that he meant by that whoever boycotted Baabda, and criticized the exploitation of some of his position to attack the President of the Republic.” From Baabda, the shepherd gave a short and “quarrelsome” explanation when he said that what he meant was that “neutrality means that we commit to common Arab issues without entering into political and military conflicts, or entering into alliances, but to be the primary advocate of justice, peace and understanding On Arab as well as international issues, with the exception of Israel, ”in a modified version of the“ positive neutrality ”of the 1970s. In order to make matters worse, the patriarch did not succeed in his justification for the reason why Lebanon was unable to fully neutralize, when he concluded his words by saying that between Lebanon and Israel there is enmity … “Unfortunately!”

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