The Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, said that the Lebanese are able to overcome differences and consolidate understanding, despite the reality of the situation that Lebanon is witnessing now, calling on Lebanese politicians to stop the differences and form a government quickly and continue the reforms initiated by his government, which submitted its resignation in the wake of the explosion of the port Beirut on August 4th.
This comes in reference to the failure to form a new government headed by Saad Hariri, who was appointed to form it more than 7 months ago, due to differences between President Michel Aoun and his political team, the Free Patriotic Movement headed by Gibran Bassil, on the one hand, and Saad Hariri and his political team, the Future Movement, on the other hand.
Diab added – in his speech at the launch conference of the “Beirut City File 2021” report prepared by the United Nations Human Settlements Program in Lebanon today – that the Lebanese disputes are “not intractable” to a solution, but they are exploited to achieve political goals – as he put it, stressing that the period during which The October 2019 demonstrations and the solidarity that emerged after the Beirut port explosion last August 4 show how the Lebanese people are capable of facing extreme hardships.
In his speech at the conference, Hassan Diab reviewed what his government had done, stressing that it was formed of technocratic ministers in the wake of the October 2019 uprising, and the reform process began on the basis of a master plan for financial, economic and social recovery and structural reforms, until the explosion of Beirut port on August 4 last constituted a turning point in Omar’s life. The government, where he submitted the resignation of his government to form a government that enjoys the widest support of the political forces.
He added that the government today’s mission was not limited to unprecedented, simultaneous and successive crises, but also included a legacy of mismanagement and protracted problems, saying that “transparency and accountability are the sure path towards Lebanon’s recovery.”
It is worth noting that the conference to launch the “Beirut City File 2021” report was held today by the United Nations Human Settlements Program in Lebanon today under the auspices of the caretaker prime minister and in the presence of the Deputy United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon and Humanitarian Coordinator Najat Rushdi, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Program For human settlements Maimouna Muhammad Sharif.
The file includes a detailed report on the city of Beirut in response to the urban crisis and recovery efforts, where UN-Habitat at the global and regional levels prepares multi-sectoral urban studies, providing valuable data and analysis on cities and urban areas to inform planning and programming – including Recovery plans – and guide coordination between governmental and non-governmental institutions.