Visiting Paris, the new Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati assured Emmanuel Macron of his willingness to implement the reforms that the French president called for “urgently” to get the country out of the crisis.
French President Emmanuel Macron received the new Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on September 24 in Paris for a working lunch. On this occasion, he urged the new leader to “urgently” implement the necessary reforms and welcomed an “opportunity to make concrete progress” so that Lebanon can emerge from the crisis.
“It is urgent to take the necessary measures and reforms”, declared Emmanuel Macron alongside Najib Mikati at the end of their meeting, adding that the arrival at the helm of the Prime Minister after months of political blockage represented a ” opportunity to make concrete progress on the path of reforms ”, in particular on energy, governance or the fight against corruption. Najib Mikati immediately said he wanted to do it “as soon as possible”.
It was the new Lebanese prime minister’s first trip abroad four days after gaining the confidence of House parliamentarians for his new government. At the end of his stay at the Elysee Palace, Najib Mikati declared having “assured President Macron of [sa] determination to implement, with [son] government, and with the support of President Michel Aoun and that of Parliament, the necessary and imminent reforms to restore hope and reduce the suffering of the Lebanese population ”. “These measures will be decisive for relaunching the economy and continuing negotiations – promising negotiations – with the IMF in order to start the exit from the crisis”, added Najib Mikati, adding to be “confident and reassured. [de savoir] that we can count on the support of France in these negotiations ”, reports Orient by Day.
Lebanon has been mired in a major political and economic crisis for many months because of political management described as chaotic by many observers and by the Covid-19 pandemic. Najib Mikati, a 65-year-old businessman, was appointed head of government after 13 months of endless political negotiations and a vacuum that exacerbated the Lebanese crisis. Emmanuel Macron presented him with “all [ses] wishes for success ”by affirming to him his will to“ work hand in hand with the Lebanese forces and with those […] who act daily with courage and abnegation to overcome the deficiencies of the Lebanese state for too long ”.
“I will not let go of Lebanon and France will not let go of Lebanon,” insisted Emmanuel Macron, who was heavily involved in the Lebanese crisis after the deadly explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020.