French President Emmanuel Macron has sternly warned Lebanese leaders of disciplinary action, including sanctions if they fail to do reforms.
According to the details, Emmanuel Macron arrived in Lebanon on a two-day visit where he will attend the country’s centenary celebrations and meet with senior officials.
The meetings will try to find a way out of Lebanon’s extraordinary economic crisis and the tensions created by last month’s devastating bombing in Beirut.
After arriving in Lebanon, the French president said that he was here to see results and reforms.
Emmanuel Macron’s second visit to Lebanon since the horrific August 4 blast in Beirut, which killed 190 people and injured more than 6,000.
Speaking to Politico during a trip from Paris to Lebanon, he said he wanted credible promises from political party leaders on reforms, including a deadline for parliamentary elections in six to 12 months.
He said the next three months were crucial for real change, failing which he would take another step and take disciplinary action against the ruling class, including sanctions while halting the international financial bailout package.
“This is the last chance for this system,” he said.
It should be noted that Lebanese leaders had elected Ambassador Mustapha Adib as the new Prime Minister of the country under the pressure of the French President.
Senior officials said the French president’s mediation was crucial to reaching a consensus on Mustapha Adib because of differences of opinion among politicians.
Mustapha Adib said that there is a very limited opportunity for the country and all the political forces agree on the mission.
He called for the formation of a government in record time and for immediate reforms and an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
It may be recalled that the then Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his cabinet had resigned as a result of violent protests against the ruling class in the country after the devastating blast in Beirut on August 4.
Public Works Minister Michel Najjar had said, “I hope the caretaker government will not last long because the country cannot afford it. I hope a new government will be formed soon.”
Earlier, thousands of angry protesters stormed the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economy in Beirut, Lebanon.
Protesters tried to reach the parliament building in central Beirut and Police tried to stop the protestors.