Report: In Final Push for Govt, French Envoy Visits Beirut ahead of ‘Sanctions’

Beirut, Lebanon 2019 : drone shot of Martyr square, showing the Lebanese flag in foreground along with Mohammad Al Amine Mosque and st. George Church in the background, during the Lebanese revolution

French envoy Patrick Durell is expected in Beirut on Friday to push leaders in Lebanon into forming a much-needed government, ahead of reported sanctions France and the EU are preparing against some officials in Lebanon, An Nahar newspaper reported on Friday.

Durell will meet with senior leaders “carrying France’s final chance” before imposing sanctions on parties obstructing the formation of a much-needed government in crisis-stricken Lebanon, said the daily.

According to sources, the issue of partnership between Lebanon and France on the basis of preparing projects to be implemented according to a mechanism to begin next year, will continue for seven years, and constitutes an important part of Durells’ visit.

They added that France is still leaving the door open in a last attempt to push for the formation of a government in parallel with preparing for sanctions it plans to present to the European Union soon, according to the newspaper.



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