Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, received his Lebanese counterpart, Gebran Bassil, on February 16.
The meeting focused on Lebanon’s internal situation and the challenges facing the country, in an especially tense regional context. The minister reaffirmed the importance of electing a president without delay in order to put an end to the institutional crisis that has lasted for more than 20 months.
The two ministers discussed the conflict in Syria, following the meeting of the International Syria Support Group on February 11. Jean-Marc Ayrault reaffirmed the need for Lebanon to maintain its policy of disassociation from the conflict in Syria and France’s determination to continue to support efforts to ensure the country’s stability and security.
They reviewed the results of the conference in London on February 4, which made it possible to reaffirm the commitment of France and the international community to resolving the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the countries that are hosting Syrian refugees, starting with Lebanon.