Today, Monday, France announced that the European Union had reached a decisive and expected decision regarding the political and economic crisis in Lebanon.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the European Union had reached consensus to impose sanctions on Lebanese leaders to pressure them to form a stable government.
“Lebanon has been in a state of self-destruction for several months,” Le Drian told reporters in the Belgian capital, Brussels, where the European Union bodies are located.
“Now, there is a major emergency for a population in distress,” he said.
France and the European Union have previously threatened to impose sanctions on Lebanese leaders who obstruct the formation of a government demanded by the international community as a condition for providing financial aid that will get the country out of its financial crisis.
Saad Hariri was assigned to form a new government last October, following the resignation of Hassan Diab’s government following the bombing of the Beirut port in August 2020. However, Hariri has not yet been able to form a government due to political differences.