According to the newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, a few hours after the transfer of the letter, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation from the authority to form a government and resigned.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian sent a joint secret message to Lebanese President Michel Aoun, in which they strongly demanded to take urgent measures to withdraw the country from the political and social crisis. This was reported on Sunday by the French weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.
According to her information, the decision to send a confidential message to the politicians was made last Wednesday during negotiations in Washington, at which they stated a complete coincidence of views on the approach to the Lebanese problem. The letter was written by the assistant ministers in a tough tone and contains a demand to appoint a new prime minister who can carry out the reforms that the Lebanese public has long demanded in the country. The message is very brief; its text consists of only a few paragraphs. At Le Drian’s insistence, the message contains a reminder of the recent decision taken at the meeting of EU foreign ministers, according to which, from the end of July, the community can adopt sanctions against those Lebanese figures who block the normalization of the situation in the country.
According to Le Journal du Dimanche, last Thursday the letter was delivered personally to Michel Aoun by the ambassadors of France and the United States in Beirut. The newspaper draws attention to the fact that just a few hours later, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced that he had resigned from his powers to form a government and resigned.
The political vacuum in Lebanon has been maintained since August 10 last year after the resignation of the cabinet led by Hassan Diab amid the tragic consequences of the explosion in the seaport of Beirut.
The Sunni politician Hariri, appointed on October 22 as the new prime minister, and President Aoun could not agree on the composition of the new government. The political crisis is aggravating the already extremely difficult socio-economic situation in the country. Amid reports of Hariri’s resignation, there was a sharp drop in the exchange rate of the Lebanese pound against the US dollar.