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Lebanese prime minister says ‘country’s spring is near’

Lebanese prime minister says ‘country’s spring is near’
Lebanon has faced political, economic crises in recent years

By Wassim Seif El Din

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AA) – Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati voiced hope Monday that crisis-stricken Lebanon would soon exit its current difficult situation.

"Lebanon's spring is near, God willing," Mikati told reporters before meeting with Maronite Patriarch Mar Beshara Boutros Al-Rahi.

Following the meeting, Mikati said he briefed the patriarch over his contacts on the election of a new president for Lebanon.

"Without a political solution, it is not possible for Lebanon to exit the current crisis," Mikati said.

Hopes have run high across Lebanon following the resumption of diplomatic relations between regional arch-foes Iran and Saudi Arabia. Both countries have influence over Lebanon’s political rivals.

Many observers believe that the Saudi-Iranian rapprochement will lead to ending the current political stalemate in Lebanon.

Since 2019, Lebanon has been facing a crippling economic crisis that, according to the World Bank, is one of the worst the world has seen in modern times.

The country has been unable to elect a new president since October 2022 to replace former President Michel Aoun since amid differences among political rivals.

Lebanon has also been without a fully functioning government since May last year, with Mikati and his Cabinet having limited powers in their current caretaker status.

*Writing by Ahmed Asmar

source: News Feed
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