Lebanon’s condition seems to be going from bad to worse. The predicament seem to be throwing the Lebanese nationals back into the Dark Ages, literally.
The new cabinet of 24 ministers headed by Najib Mikati, a billionaire businessman, was announced by the president’s office and later by the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Mahmoud Makkieh.
My friend Nada is planning her retreat from Beirut. She has renewed her French passport which gives her exile options, vaccinated, and microchipped her cat ahead of their voyage,
Administrative authorities in Martinique also advised tourists to leave as the island had already imposed an evening curfew, set to start from 7pm, will shutter shops selling items that are not essential, such as food, as well as closing beaches and clamping down on people's movements.
The demonic prowess of catastrophe is piercing and unbending. But there are a few who employ the courage of their conviction and free-flowing confidence
The Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership on Saturday, co-organised by Iraq and France, hosted by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and French President Emmanuel Macron, and attended by the United Arab Emirates, represented by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi, Jordan’s King Abdullah, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani, Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Saba Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal Bin Farhan, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian promises to be an important diplomatic meeting point of the regions’ countries. It is an opportunity for Iraq, going through political and economic turmoil, to mark a place for itself as a regional interlocutor.
The incident happened after thousands of Islamists launched their "long march" from the city toward the capital, Islamabad, demanding that the government release the leader of their outlawed party.
The envoys, including those of the US, Germany and France, last week called for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala, who has been in a Turkish prison for four years awaiting trial on charges many view as unfounded.
Crisis-ridden Lebanon is embroiled in an unwanted diplomatic crisis because of its Information Minister George Kordahi wrongly criticising the Gulf Arab states for the war in Yemen and defending the rebel Houthis.