French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned this Thursday that Lebanon was “on the edge of the abyss” and could even disappear if the political class fails to agree on a government that carries out the necessary reforms.
Three weeks after the massive explosion in the port of Beirut that devastated much of the city, Le Drian has highlighted the “urgent” situation where Lebanon is “on the edge of the abyss”. In an interview on the RTL station, he emphasized that more than half of the population lives below the poverty line: “Unemployment is enormous and inflation fluctuates.”
According to the French minister, it is clear to everyone what reforms need to be carried out, but the authorities must take responsibility for “establishing a missionary government that can carry out the essential reforms”.
If this does not happen, Le Drian has warned, the international community will not give a government that does not implement these reforms a “blank check” and then send such a message to the Lebanese political class to reach an agreement that the tragedy will resign of Prime Minister Hasan Diab.