Lebanon: the promises of the new Prime Minister Najib Mikati, visiting the Elysee
French President Emmanuel Macron (left) and Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati (right), September 24, 2021 at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
AP - Francois Mori
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Lebanon waited for more than a year for the appointment of a government.
The new team, announced on September 10, is led by Najib Mikati.
The latter was received by Emmanuel Macron on Friday, September 24 at the Elysee Palace, for a working meeting between the Prime Minister of a country hit by a deep economic crisis, and the French president who displays his support for Lebanon while calling for his leaders to reforms.
Your responsibility is immense and historic
to the new Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
France wants to help
, which is long overdue, but it remains vigilant:
Today, through you and the ministers who accompany you, we have an opportunity to make concrete progress on the path of reforms.
This is the commitment you made to the Lebanese people, the commitment you just made to me, and it is on this basis that we want to help you succeed.
Lebanon must reform key sectors such as energy, but also review its governance and fight corruption.
Only then can international aid intervene.
Message received, assures Prime Minister
, who promises to act quickly:
To regain confidence, breathe new life into hope and reduce the suffering of the Lebanese population, these measures will be decisive in reviving the economy, in following up the promising negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to begin to end the crisis." .
The new Lebanese Prime Minister also promises that the legislative elections scheduled for spring 2022 in his country will take place.
allow the renewal of political life to which the people aspire with all their might
", in his words.
Joint statement by the President @EmmanuelMacron and the President of the Council of Ministers of Lebanon @Najib_Mikati.
- Elysee (@Elysee) September 24, 2021
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