Paris, Washington stress 'urgent need' to implement reforms in Lebanon


Published: 2021-02-04 17:37

Last Updated: 2021-03-08 13:37

Photo: New Scientist
Photo: New Scientist

Thursday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian called on Lebanon to quickly form a government, which is a precondition for providing "long-term and structural support" from the international community to Beirut.

In a joint statement, the two ministers stressed "the urgent and vital necessity for Lebanese officials to finally implement their commitments to form a credible and effective government and to work towards achieving necessary reforms that are in line with the aspirations of the Lebanese people."

The statement came on the six month anniversary of the deadly Beirut Port blast, which killed over 200 and left over 6,000 injured. The blast was caused by 2,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored carelessly at the Port for years. 

No country has been able to determine who is responsible for the blast. 

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