New Lebanese PM Says He Would Accept Help From Any Country ‘With Exception of Israel’
01:03 GMT 11.09.2021 (Updated: 17:24 GMT 15.01.2023)
Lebanon, which since 2019 has been experiencing severe economic and political problems, announced on Friday the formation of a new government led by 66-year-old tech mogul Najib Mikati.
Prime Minister Najib Mikati pledged on Friday that he would tackle the disastrous economic situation in Lebanon, saying he is ready to cooperate with any county except Israel.
“The situation is difficult but not impossible to deal with if we cooperate,” he said during a presser at the presidential palace as media reported.
When asked by a reporter whether he would partner with Syria to overcome the crisis, Mikati noted that Beirut “will deal with anyone for the sake of Lebanon’s interest, with the exception of Israel, of course.”
According to Israeli media, Tel Aviv had earlier allegedly proposed humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
© REUTERS / OMAR IBRAHIMCivil defense members and army soldiers inspect the site of a fuel tank explosion in Akkar, in northern Lebanon, August 15, 2021
Civil defense members and army soldiers inspect the site of a fuel tank explosion in Akkar, in northern Lebanon, August 15, 2021
© REUTERS / OMAR IBRAHIM
The August intensification of the border conflict between Israel and Lebanon was said to be the most serious in 15 years since the Lebanese-Israeli war in 2006. On 6 August, Hezbollah fired 19 rockets towards Israel, and the IDF fired back.
The political turbulence in Lebanon started in August last year after the resignation of the country's government led by Hassan Diab amid the massive explosion in Beirut that caused catastrophic losses.
The compromise Prime Minister Mustafa Adeeb was unable to form a government. As a result, in October parliament asked Saad Hariri to return, who had left his position as prime minister a year earlier amid local protests. After 10 months, however, Hariri was unable to agree with the president on the distribution of ministerial posts between Muslims and Christians and resigned in July.