The International Support Group for Lebanon on Wednesday called on Lebanon’s political leaders to unite to form a government.
“Members of the ISG urged Lebanon’s leaders to unite in support of the timely formation of a government able to meet the legitimate aspirations expressed by the Lebanese people,” the group, which includes the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, said in a statement after a meeting on Wednesday.
France’s foreign minister called on international partners to up the pressure on Lebanese political forces to form a government and again warned that only once reforms were underway would vital financial aid arrive.
“The political forces have still not managed to agree on forming a government.” Jean-Yves Le Drian said in his speech to members of the Lebanon International Support Group. “Strong and convergent pressures on our part are therefore necessary to push Lebanese officials to respect their commitments.”
“What is at stake is the future of Lebanon,” Le Drian said during the virtual meeting held as part of the United Nations General Assembly. “Without reforms, there will be no international financial aid.”