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At the Elysee Palace, French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday called on the new Lebanese Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, to “urgently” implement the necessary reforms in Lebanon, adding that his arrival, after months of political blockage, represented an “opportunity to move forward on the path of reform”.

French President Emmanuel Macron called on Friday September 24 in Paris the new Lebanese Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, to “urgently” implement the necessary reforms and hailed an “opportunity to make concrete progress” so that Lebanon can exit of the crisis.

“It is urgent to take the necessary measures and reforms”, declared Emmanuel Macron alongside Najib Mikati at the end of their meeting, adding that the arrival at the helm of the Prime Minister after months of political blockage represented a ” opportunity to make concrete progress on the path of reforms ”. Najib Mikati himself said he wanted to do it “as soon as possible”.

“Promising” negotiations

The Lebanese Prime Minister has pledged to implement the reforms necessary to rescue his country “as soon as possible”.

France, a historical ally of Lebanon, has been actively involved alongside the authorities since the deadly explosion of August 4, 2020 at the port of Beirut. Najib Mikati is making his first trip abroad to Paris.

“During our meeting, I assured the President of my determination to implement (…) as soon as possible the necessary and imminent reforms”, declared the Lebanese Prime Minister at the end of the lunch.

Najib Mikati, in particular, considered “promising” the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, requested last May for financial assistance conditional on the application of a reform plan, still a dead letter to this day.

In return, Emmanuel Macron assured of the support of France, “hand in hand with the forces of Lebanon and with those who, in the service of their fellow citizens, act daily with courage and abnegation, to compensate for the deficiencies during too long from the Lebanese state and institutions. “

” We will do everything to help you “

The French president reiterated his commitment to mobilize the international community to help a country on the brink of collapse.

“We know that we cannot be satisfied with it, Lebanon deserves better (…) and this is why your responsibility is immense and historic (…), and we will do everything to help you and succeed”, said Emmanuel Macron.

“The international community will only be able to provide structural support to Lebanon once these reforms have been implemented, initiated in any case”, he insisted, citing in particular the renovation of the energy sector, the rescue of finances. public policies, the fight against corruption and the reform of the administration.

“France will not let go of Lebanon, but the road is arduous, the task is difficult”, he conceded.

In Beirut, President Michel Aoun estimated on Friday that corruption and carelessness were the sources of the current crisis.

With AFP

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