Nuland affirms America’s readiness to work with the international community to support Lebanon

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Thursday 14 October 2021 – 3:18 PM
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Thursday 14 October 2021 – 3:18 PM

Today, Thursday, US Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador Victoria Nuland, affirmed that her country is ready to work with the international community and financial funds, especially the International Monetary Fund, to provide the required support to Lebanon.

Nuland said, during her meeting with Lebanese President General Michel Aoun today, that “Washington hopes that after the formation of the government, work will be done to achieve reforms and hold parliamentary elections.”

She stressed that “the United States of America stands by Lebanon to help it face the current economic, social and living challenges.”

Ambassador Nuland conveyed the greetings of US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to President Aoun, and congratulations on the formation of the new government.

In turn, President Aoun affirmed that “the new government will conduct negotiations with the International Monetary Fund in order to help Lebanon in the process of economic recovery, in conjunction with carrying out reforms and launching the reconstruction of the port of Beirut and attention to energy security, development of administration and the necessary reform laws.”

Aoun pointed out that “the parliamentary elections will be held on time, freely, transparently and democratically,” noting “the need to help Lebanon face the difficult economic and social conditions it is going through at this stage, which is reflected in the living conditions of citizens and affected the price of the national currency.”

In front of the American official, Aoun stressed that securing electric power is a priority, in conjunction with the rehabilitation of the port, which is the main artery of the national economy.

President Aoun presented: “The reasons that led the country to this difficult economic and financial situation, especially the Syrian war and the siege imposed on Lebanon as a result of closing the borders, and the displacement of more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees to Lebanon, as well as the spread of the Corona epidemic and then the explosion harbor”.

Aoun told Ambassador Nuland that “Lebanon is willing to resume indirect negotiations with Israel in order to demarcate the southern maritime border to complete the process of oil and gas exploration in its territorial waters, given the importance of this in achieving the country’s economic advancement.”

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