Portuguese / Spanish / English

Saudi: Support for Lebanon depends on serious, tangible reforms

Lebanese protesters gather in front of the central bank building in Beirut amid an economic crisis on 23 April 2020 [ANWAR AMRO/AFP/ Getty Images]
Lebanese protesters gather in front of the central bank building in Beirut amid an economic crisis on 23 April 2020 [ANWAR AMRO/AFP/ Getty Images]

The Saudi Cabinet yesterday said that any assistance provided to the current or future Lebanese government "depends on carrying out serious and tangible reforms", the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

"Any assistance provided to the current or future government depends on it carrying out serious and tangible reforms, while ensuring that aid reaches its beneficiaries, and avoiding mechanisms that enable corrupt people from controlling the fate of Lebanon," the Cabinet said.

The Lebanese people are grappling with an unprecedented economic crisis, with poverty on the increase. Lebanon's largest port is out of action, and billions of dollars are needed to restore downtown Beirut, in addition to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. All this has led to the World Bank warning that Lebanon is suffering one of the most severe crises globally since the mid-nineteenth century.

READ: Lebanon cannot afford another year with no government

Categories
LebanonMiddle EastNewsSaudi Arabia
Show Comments
Writing Palestine - Celebrating the tenth year of the Palestine Book Awards - Buy your copy of the book now
Show Comments