The United Nations Security Council called yesterday to speed up the formation of a new government in Lebanon, to implement the necessary reforms, Anadolu reported.
The press release issued by the President of the Council, Ronaldo Costa Filho, indicates that the members of the Security Council took note of the appointment of Najib Mikati as the new Prime Minister-designate on June 23, as well as the presentation by this last of the composition of his government to the President of the Lebanese Republic on June 29.
“More than a month after the legislative elections in Lebanon, the members of the Security Council call for the acceleration of the formation of a government to implement the necessary reforms,” the statement said, adding that “given the intensity worsening crises in Lebanon, it is the responsibility and duty of all political actors to work together to prioritize the national interest and address the challenges facing the Lebanese people.
The council also encouraged measures to promote youth participation and strengthen the full, equal and meaningful political representation of women, including in the new government.
“They stressed the vital importance of respecting the constitutional calendar for the presidential election to take place on time,” the statement added.
The members of the Security Council also recalled the need “for an urgent implementation of the concrete reforms described above which would allow the rapid conclusion of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to meet the demands of the Lebanese population”. .
They highlighted the role of Lebanese institutions, including the newly elected parliament and the new government, in implementing the reforms needed to deal with the unprecedented crisis, eradicate corruption and ensure more responsive governance. They also stressed the importance of implementing these reforms in order to ensure effective international support.
Lebanon is suffering the worst economic crisis in its recent history which has led to a financial collapse, as well as significant material losses suffered by the banking system, estimated at around 69 billion dollars.
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