Borrell’s remarks came amid reports in Lebanese media that France and the European Union are considering a possible travel ban on some leaders and a freeze on their assets.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun.
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Saturday criticized Lebanese leaders for delays in forming a new cabinet. Also warned that the Sangh may impose sanctions on those who are behind the political deadlock in the troubled country. Borrell made the remarks after meeting with President Michel Aoun at the Rashtrapati Bhavan near the capital, Beirut. This was the first meeting during his two-day visit to Lebanon. Borrell’s remarks came amid reports in Lebanese media that France and the European Union are considering a possible travel ban on some leaders and a freeze on their assets.
Borrell said that Lebanese leaders should soon form a new government, implement reforms. Also, an agreement should be made with the International Monetary Fund to get the small country out of the economic and financial crisis. The economic crisis in Lebanon triggered by decades of corruption and mismanagement began in late 2019 and has intensified in recent months. The World Bank said earlier this month that the crisis could be one of the world’s worst in more than 150 years.
A power struggle has begun between the nominated Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Aun and his son-in-law Gebran Basil on the other. Hariri was nominated to form a new government in October and has not succeeded so far. Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government resigned days after a massive explosion in Beirut on August 4 killed 211 people and injured more than 6,000 others.
“We don’t understand why there is no government in Lebanon nine months after the prime minister’s resignation,” Borrell said. Only an immediate agreement with the International Monetary Fund will save the country from financial collapse.
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