EU welcomes formation of new government in Lebanon

The European Union (EU) on Sunday welcomed the formation of a new government in Lebanon, insisting it is “urgent” to implement the reforms needed to lift the country out of the “multiple crises” it faces. .

“The political, economic and social crisis in the country has worsened significantly in recent months and weeks (…). It is necessary to implement the necessary measures and reforms to cope with the many crises affecting Lebanon, including international including an agreement with the Monetary Fund,” the European Union said in a statement to its spokesperson.

The same source said, “All parties concerned should show equal determination and equal capacity to reach a settlement, without delay to adopt measures necessary to meet the immediate needs and legitimate expectations of the Lebanese people.”

In addition, the European Union welcomed Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s commitment to hold the next parliamentary election, scheduled for May 2022, as scheduled.

The European Union also reiterated its solidarity with the Lebanese people in their efforts to address the challenges the country is currently facing.

Lebanon has just acquired a new government after 13 months of political negotiations, the presidency announced on Friday.

President Michel Aoun and nominated Prime Minister Najib Mikati signed the decree to form the new government in the presence of the head of parliament, Nabih Berry.

Lebanon has been without government since the resignation of Hassan Diab’s cabinet, days after the devastating explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, which killed more than 200 people and devastated entire neighborhoods of the capital. The unprecedented economic crisis the country has been going through since the summer of 2019 only got worse, with the World Bank describing it as one of the worst in the world since 1850.

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