Lebanese Foreign Minister calls on the European Union to help solve the domestic crisis in Lebanon
Beirut, November 27 The Foreign Minister of the Lebanese caretaker government, Sharbel Ouébe, said on the 26th that Lebanon is experiencing a serious financial and economic crisis and needs to strengthen its partnership with the EU, and hopes that the EU will support it in all aspects.
On the 26th, at the ministerial video conference hosted by Spain, Weibei called for “strengthening the relationship between the EU and southern neighbors, promoting dialogue between civilization and culture” and advocating mutual partnerships in the field of migration and energy.
Weibei stressed the importance of security and stability in the Arab region. The continuous conflict in this region and the influx of immigrants into Europe and other countries have led to the deterioration of social security and economic conditions in receiving countries.
“Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, Lebanon has been and remains the country receiving the largest number of displaced Syrians, which has exceeded one third of Lebanon’s total population.” He said that most Syrian refugees stranded in Lebanon live below the poverty line.
Weibei called on the international community to “contribute to ensuring the safe and dignified return of displaced persons and refugees to their homes”. He said that Lebanon is committed to strengthening cooperation with the EU and hopes that the EU will help Lebanon tide over difficulties and find sustainable solutions to the refugee and illegal immigration problems.
In recent years, Lebanon’s economy has continued to be sluggish, especially since the beginning of this year, facing the worst economic crisis in history. The International Monetary Fund previously predicted that Lebanon’s economy will shrink by 12% in 2020.