Washington — The US welcomed on Saturday, the Lebanese new government of Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati. The statement said the new government offered hope in undertaking urgent action to address Lebanon’s dire needs and legitimate aspirations.
State Department Spokesperson Ned Price urged quick approval by the parliament for the new government to work on concrete reforms to address Lebanon’s deteriorating economic situation.
“This year, the United States has contributed nearly $372 million in humanitarian assistance to the Lebanese people,” he pointed out, adding, “We stand ready to support the new government with the hard work ahead.”
Lebanese factions finally formed a new government on Friday, after a 13-month deadlock that took the country into a deep financial crisis.
Lebanon has been without a functional government ever since the catastrophic Aug. 4, 2020 explosion at Beirut port, which forced the resignation of the then Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government.
Since then, rival political groups have been locked in disagreement over the make-up of a new government, hastening the country’s economic meltdown.
The president’s office announced the new Cabinet of 24 ministers headed by billionaire businessman Najib Mikati.
The new government announced on Friday faces a mammoth task that only a few believe it can surmount, including the critically needed reforms.