Lebanon – Formation of the government – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (December 18, 2016)


I welcome the formation of a national unity government in Lebanon.

I congratulate the president of the republic, General Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri, as well as all Lebanese political forces, on ensuring, in a spirit of responsibility, that Lebanon’s best interests prevailed.

We wish Saad Hariri and the new government, which will face numerous challenges, every success.

France, which is attached to the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity, reaffirms its commitment alongside Lebanon. It will continue to play a full role in the international community’s efforts. It will also continue its effort to strengthen the strong and close ties between our two countries in all areas.