Lebanon Needs To Step Up On Reform, Says Saudi Foreign Minister

MUNICH – Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Saturday Lebanon must offer stronger signals that is serious about reform to secure support from the international community as it struggles with a final crisis.

‘Lebanon first needs to be actively saving itself … We need a stronger signal from the Lebanese body political that they are going to step up’, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said at the Munich Security Conference.

He said this included stabilising the economy and addressing issues of corruption and mismanagement as well as ‘regional interference and loss of state sovereignty’.

Lebanon’s ties to the Arab Gulf and particularly Saudi Arabia, formerly a major donor to Beirut, hit rock bottom last year over what the Saudi foreign minister said was the growing influence of Iran – allied Hezbollah in the country.


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