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Statement on the Current Situation in Lebanon

19.01.2022
Beirut

The Delegation of the European Union issues the following statement together with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States in Lebanon:

The EU Delegation and the EU Member States call on the Government of Lebanon and other decision-making bodies to restore, without further delays, their decision-making capability, which would inter alia require the resumption of regular meetings of the Council of Ministers, in order to address the dramatic crises Lebanon is facing.

We call on the Government of Lebanon and other decision-making bodies to conclude, without further delays, in line with their repeated and consistent announcements and commitments, an agreement with the IMF which would support in finding a way out of the macro-economic and fiscal crises the country is facing, and to take all the decisions and measures which need to be taken prior to such an agreement immediately.

We urge the Government of Lebanon and other decision-making bodies to take all the necessary decisions and steps to enable the Supervisory Commission for Elections to carry out its mandate, in line with their repeated and consistent announcements and commitments, and take all other decisions and steps in order to ensure an adequate process leading to fair and transparent elections to take place on time in 2022.

We repeat our call for justice and accountability through a transparent and independent investigation into the causes of the Beirut Port blast and for the respect of the independence of the judiciary and the principle of division of powers by Lebanese decision makers.