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Lebanon: Former PM Hariri calls to restore French plan

Lebanon’s leading Sunni Muslim politician, former Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri, called for the restoration of a French plan to lift the nation out of its worst financial crisis since its 1975-1990 civil war, reports Arab News.

Former colonial power France, which has led foreign aid efforts, has tried to rally Lebanese leaders to launch reforms to tackle the crisis. But they have failed to agree a new government — the first step in the French roadmap — and drawn a rebuke from French President Emmanuel Macron.

French president Emmanuel Macron

Lebanon urgently needs foreign cash to get out of a financial meltdown which has slashed the value of the currency since last year.

“I call on political parties to think well so as not to waste this chance…French President Macron’s initiative still stands and we can still enact it,” Hariri said in a TV interview late on Thursday. “If we let it fail, it would be a crime.”

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