Lebanon – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian (31 October 2019)

Following the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri on October 29, it is crucial for Lebanon’s future that a government be formed swiftly that is capable of carrying out the reforms the country needs.

Amid the economic, social and political crisis that has been sweeping Lebanon in recent weeks, it is up to all Lebanese political leaders to promote a spirit of national unity and responsibility to guarantee the country’s stability, security and general interest.

In this spirit, everything must be done to avoid provocations and violence, and to preserve the right of citizens to protest peacefully.

It is vital for all political forces to immediately facilitate the formation of a new government capable of responding to the legitimate aspirations expressed by the Lebanese and to take essential decisions to ensure the country’s economic recovery. Within the framework established by the CEDRE conference, France stands ready to support Lebanon on this path.

In this crucial moment, France, as always, stands side by side with the Lebanese people.