| 20 May 2024, Monday |

“There will always be political roadblocks,” says PM Mikati

In a press conference with media ahead of the visit of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Prime Minister Najib Mikati confirmed that such an initiative proves that Lebanon is not abandoned, which is a good thing.
“There will always be political roadblocks,” he added of the government’s interruption.

Guterres had arrived at the Grand Serail for a meeting with Mikati as part of a series of visits to presidents and officials. Guterres also landed in Beirut yesterday on a “solidarity” visit, saying that political leaders “have no right” to remain split and obstruct constitutional institutions while the population endure the effects of an extraordinary economic crisis.

Officials were urged to “work together to resolve the problem,” according to Guterres. In addition, he urged the international community to “intensify its support for Lebanon.”

“Given the suffering of the Lebanese people, political leaders are not entitled to paralyze the country,” Guterres said during a joint press conference with President Michel Aoun from the presidential palace, adding that the Lebanese expect them to “revive the economy” and ensure “an effective government.”

  • Sawt Beirut International