NNA - President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, held a meeting attended by Prime Minister, Najib Mikati and Foreign Affairs Minister, Abdullah Bou Habib, this afternoon at the Presidential Palace.
The meeting was devoted to study Lebanon's position on the military developments between Russia and Ukraine.
After the meeting, Minister Bou Habib made the following statement:
“In light of the invitation addressed to the United Nations General Assembly this evening, (Beirut Time) to discuss the emerging crisis between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, and based on the historical relations which unite Lebanon and the Russian Federation, and since Lebanon has suffered from military aggressions and invasions against its sovereignty, land and people, and in accordance with the provisions of the UN Charter, in which Lebanon was one of the participants in issuing, and since Lebanon believes that military conflicts leave nothing but tragedies, damage, losses, blood and destruction on countries and peoples,
Based on Lebanon’s firm conviction that dialogue remains the only available option for resolving disputes between states based on international charters, Lebanon calls on the United Nations General Assembly to work on enhancing opportunities for negotiation between the Russian and Ukrainian sides to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict, which restores security and stability.
In light of the current situation, Lebanon remains consistent with its declared position on Thursday, February 25th”.
President Aoun received a phone call from US Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland.
Nuland discussed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them in all fields, especially with regard to cooperation between the two countries.
The call also tackled the stages of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, the results of the visit of the US Treasury delegation to Beirut, and the developments of the file demarcation of the southern maritime border, in addition to oil and electric power import from Egypt and Jordan through Syria.
Ongoing preparations for the Lebanese parliamentary elections, and military developments between Russia and Ukraine were also addressed.—Presidency Press Office