French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in Beirut, along with the leaders of all of France’s main political parties, in a show of support for Lebanese leaders following the negotiated end to the country’s political crisis.
Waiting at the airport, in their own show of solidarity, was the newly-elected President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. But Lebanon still has no new cabinet, and there are ongoing reports of sporadic violence, albeit nothing like that which saw it on the brink of civil war just weeks ago.
“There’s been too much suffering in Lebanon, too much unhappiness, too many deaths,” said Sarkozy. “The time has come to turn to the future; a future of dialogue where every Lebanese person can find his or her place. The Lebanese government, led by Fouad Siniora, must now take care of the economy.”
Sarkozy had numerous meetings planned for his five-hour stay, including some with leaders of the pro-Syrian Hizbullah opposition.