France’s Macron Secures Saudi Pledge to Re-Engage With Lebanon

DUBAI—French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned Saudi Arabia’s crown prince had agreed to re-engage with Lebanon immediately after Riyadh lower ties with its neighbor, in the 1st trip by a significant Western chief to the kingdom due to the fact the 2018 killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Lebanon’s economic crisis deepened final thirty day period immediately after Saudi Arabia banned the country’s imports and expelled its ambassador, citing annoyance around the purpose that Hezbollah, an ally of Saudi rival Iran, performs in Lebanese politics. Lebanese Info Minister George Kordahi—whose remarks about the Saudi-led war in Yemen sparked that row—resigned in advance of Mr. Macron’s trip, declaring he hoped doing so would take care of the crisis.