By Wassim Seif El Din
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AA) – Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati voiced hope Monday that crisis-stricken Lebanon would soon exit its current difficult situation.
"Lebanon's spring is near, God willing," Mikati told reporters before meeting with Maronite Patriarch Mar Beshara Boutros Al-Rahi.
Following the meeting, Mikati said he briefed the patriarch over his contacts on the election of a new president for Lebanon.
"Without a political solution, it is not possible for Lebanon to exit the current crisis," Mikati said.
Hopes have run high across Lebanon following the resumption of diplomatic relations between regional arch-foes Iran and Saudi Arabia. Both countries have influence over Lebanon’s political rivals.
Many observers believe that the Saudi-Iranian rapprochement will lead to ending the current political stalemate in Lebanon.
Since 2019, Lebanon has been facing a crippling economic crisis that, according to the World Bank, is one of the worst the world has seen in modern times.
The country has been unable to elect a new president since October 2022 to replace former President Michel Aoun since amid differences among political rivals.
Lebanon has also been without a fully functioning government since May last year, with Mikati and his Cabinet having limited powers in their current caretaker status.
*Writing by Ahmed Asmar