AA / Beirut
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced on Friday that his country was counting on Arab and Western support, underlining his government’s willingness to hold parliamentary elections next year.
Mikati was speaking at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of an indefinite official visit to Paris, which began on Thursday.
“Decisive steps will be taken to revive the economy, continue the promising negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and begin to resolve the (economic) crisis,” the Lebanese official said.
Mikati reiterated the will of his government to organize legislative elections next May, affirming: “We count on Arab and Western support in Lebanon”.
For his part, Macron declared during this press conference that “the international community will not provide assistance to Lebanon without the implementation of reforms”.
“Lebanon deserves a better situation than the one it is in now, and we will continue to work with the new government on a specific agenda,” said the tenant of the Elysee Palace.
And Macron added, “France will continue to support the Lebanese government and people, and everyone in Lebanon knows who was obstructing the government,” without pointing the finger at any party.
“The Lebanese government must fight against corruption (…) the Lebanese financial and banking system also needs major reforms”, estimated the French President.
Macron observed that “the Lebanese Prime Minister is committed to undertake the necessary reforms”.
The cedar country adopted a government headed by Mikati on September 10, after 13 months of political crisis following the resignation of the interim government headed by Hassane Diab on August 10, 2020, six days after the explosion which devastated the port of Beirut.
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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