Britain supports newly formed Lebanese government led by Najib Mikati

Dominic Raab

The Euronews reported according to Reuters, UK foreign minister, Dominic Raab, said in a tweet on Friday, while calling for action that Britain supports the newly formed Lebanese government led by Sunni Muslim tycoon Najib Mikati.

Raab added: “The formation of a new Lebanese government must be followed by implementation of urgent reforms, a transparent conclusion of the investigation into the tragic Beirut explosion & timely elections next year.”

Yesterday, media outlets reported that Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati announced the formation of a new cabinet of 24 ministers.

Lebanon's port

The Xinhua news agency noted that Lebanon has been without a government since the resignation of the cabinet of caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Aug. 10, 2020 ollowing the Beirut port’s explosions which killed more than 200 and wounded thousands of others.

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It should be mentioned that in past two years, Lebanon has witnessed a series of crises, including the Beirut port blasts, the outbreak of COVID-19 and the shortage in U.S. currency reserves which deprived citizens from their basic needs including fuel and medicines.

According to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), Lebanon’s multiple crises plunged 74 percent of the population into poverty.

Source: news agencies