Lebanon: Statement by the High Representative Josep Borrell on the Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri stepping down

(Source: EEAS)

The European Union takes note of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri recusing himself from government formation. The EU deeply regrets the persisting political stalemate in the country as well as the lack of progress in the implementation of urgent reforms.

Lebanon has remained without a fully empowered government for almost a year, which has precipitated an unprecedented financial and economic crisis, the dramatic consequences of which the Lebanese population continues to face. 

It is the responsibility of Lebanese leaders to solve the current domestic, self-made crisis. Unity and responsibility are needed to address the country’s multiple challenges and meet the legitimate aspirations of the Lebanese people.

The EU calls, once again, on all Lebanese political forces to support the urgent formation of a government. Parliamentary consultations to this end should start without delay. Lebanon needs a government capable of delivering on key economic and governance reforms and to prepare for the elections in 2022, which need to take place on schedule. 

An agreement with the International Monetary Fund remains essential to rescue the country from financial collapse.  

Lebanon’s stability and prosperity are crucial for the whole region and for Europe. The European Union reaffirms its continuous strong support for Lebanon and its people, for its stability, security, territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence. 

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