Int’l group supports Lebanon’s economic reforms – UN official

NEW YORK, Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said the members of the International Support Group for Lebanon stated backing for the reform objectives recently outlined by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri.

The group, including UN Special Coordinator Jan Kubis, met yesterday with Al-Hariri and afterwards issued a joint statement, Haq said in his daily press briefing on Wednesday.

“In the statement, the International Support Group says that Prime Minister Hariri informed the Ambassadors about the series of long-overdue measures taken yesterday by the Government.

“Members of the International Support Group expressed its support for the reform objectives — and the decisions endorsed by the (Lebanese) Cabinet, which are in line with aspirations of the Lebanese people. “They applaud the democratic expression of the Lebanese people, and their calls for just, socially responsible, and acceptable deep reforms and changes that should substantially reduce corruption and waste and move away from sectarianism, ensure good governance and full accountability, and lead to sustainable development and stability,” Haq said, stressing that the Lebanese people’s “grievances must be addressed.” “Members of the International Support Group urge the leaders and political actors of Lebanon to hear the voices of the people, to work with them on solutions and their implementation and to refrain from rhetoric and action that could inflame tensions and incite confrontation and violence,” he added.

Launched in September 2013, the group is made up of the United Nations, the European Union and the Arab League, as well as China, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Source: Kuwait New Agency