The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell described the reaction of the European bloc to the explosions in the port of Beirut a week ago as “fast” and “robust” and assured that the demands of the EU and Lebanese citizens must be heard the necessary political and financial reforms are carried out.
In an article posted on his personal blog, the head of diplomacy regards the protests in Lebanon as a “wake-up call” not only for local authorities but for the entire international community. “We have to listen to them. Now they have to take concrete and bold steps, otherwise it will be impossible to restore the confidence that is necessary for a major reform process,” he analyzed.
With that in mind, he has insisted that the tragedy, which left more than 200 dead and 7,000 injured, must be a “turning point” for Lebanon.
The country and the region cannot allow the discontent following the massive explosion to be violently channeled, causing further disagreement and instability, according to Borrell. This Monday, Prime Minister Hasan Diab announced the en bloc resignation of the government and declared that he was “sticking to popular demand for real change.”