France urges calm in Lebanon, focus on reforms

Dubai – Mahmoud Abdel Razek – Anne Logender said in a press briefing: “France calls on all concerned parties to calm down. The priority now must be to implement the necessary and urgent reforms to get Lebanon out of the crisis, especially in the energy sector.”

Yesterday, armed clashes took place during a protest by supporters of “Hezbollah” and “Amal” movement, in the Tayouneh area in the capital, Beirut, to demand the severing of the hand of the judicial investigator in the case of the Beirut port explosion, Tariq Bitar, which led to many deaths and injuries.

The Lebanese Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, considered the events that took place in the Tayouneh area conclusive evidence that the Lebanese had shot themselves. Stressing the completion of the investigation into the Beirut port explosion case.

The Lebanese Prime Minister confirmed that he had contacted the army, which had assured him of the stability of matters; In this regard, he said, “My recent contacts with the army indicated an improvement in the security situation on the street.”

Mikati continued, “Tomorrow, life will return to normal, and we must focus on political awareness.”

Supporters of “Hezbollah” and the “Amal” movement called for a gathering in front of the Palace of Justice in Beirut, in order to reject what they considered “the politicization of investigations into the explosion in the port of Beirut”, which occurred in August 2020.

A few days ago, the Secretary-General of “Hezbollah”, Hassan Nasrallah, raised his tone towards the investigating judge in the explosion of the port of Beirut; He accused him of working “in the service of political goals” and demanded a “honest and transparent” judge to complete the investigation.

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However, the Lebanese Court of Cassation rejected, yesterday, a new request to disqualify the judicial investigator in the case, Tariq Bitar; Which allows him to resume investigations.


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