Ambassador Tabbara: The US sanctions are cluster bombs … the rise of ISIS in northern Lebanon

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The progress of the Turkish role on the Lebanese arena

Zeina Tabbara –

The former ambassador to Washington, Dr. Riyadh Tabbara believed that what was rumored about a dispute between the White House and the Elysee over the management of the Lebanese file is inaccurate, rather the opposite is true, as the United States plays the role of a missile launcher behind the French role, which seeks diplomatically to break the wall of corruption And controlling the Lebanese legitimacy, considering thus that the timing of the US sanctions against the two former ministers, Ali Hassan Khalil, for the Amal movement and Youssef Fenianos for the Marada movement, was not, from the White House’s viewpoint, neither arbitrary nor randomly, but rather studied and within adequate calculations to break the cordon on the process of forming the government Especially after Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri announced his adherence to the Finance Ministry and former Minister Gebran Bassil in the ministries of energy and communications.

In an interview with Al-Anbaa, Dr. Tabbara pointed out that the sanctions came midway through the deadline given by French President Emmanuel Macron to form the government, which means that the American and French and the European Union are closely monitoring the path of forming the government, and they are more than serious about liberating it from its grip. Political forces, the United States hastened to launch the first batch of sanctions in the context of its support for the French effort based mainly on an agreement between Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron to avoid the collapse of Lebanon, in addition to their common concern about the escalation of ISIS in northern Lebanon, coinciding with the advance of the Turkish role on the scene Lebanese, not to mention their concern about the presence of more than one and a half million Syrian refugees, which could lead them to collapse, if they happen, to head west.

In response to a question, he stressed that the American strategy in Lebanon and the region is not limited to supporting the French effort to arrange the Lebanese house, as the new US sanctions are like cluster bombs that explode in stages and in different places, the most important of which are three:

1- Financial encirclement of Hezbollah by punishing everyone who supports it inside and outside Lebanon.

2 – Withdrawing Iran to the negotiating table, according to American conditions, by building its arm with God’s help in Lebanon, in addition to intensifying sanctions against it, which hastened its financial and economic collapse.

3- Supporting the formation of the Lebanese government from outside the political forces and from a reform point of view, knowing that the Americans and the French are aware that the new sanctions on Lebanese politicians, in addition to the pressures on Hezbollah, will cause further economic contraction in Lebanon, but it seems that the American The Frenchman is dealing with their priority of preventing the collapse of Lebanon on the basis of “the pain of an hour, not an hour.”

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