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Lebanon: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL522, tabled on 16 January 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have held since October 2019 to discuss the unity and stability of Lebanon in view of the continuing protests and violence throughout that country.

Answered on

24 January 2020

The Minister for the Middle East and North Africa spoke to the Lebanese Ambassador to the UK on 24 October 2019. He also spoke with former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri on 9 December 2019 about the situation. Members of the International Support Group for Lebanon – including the UK – met in December 2019. The group reiterated its support to Lebanon and was unified in calling for the swift formation of a Government capable of meeting the aspirations expressed by Lebanese and capable of delivering the urgently required economic reform; it also reiterated that the right for peaceful protest must continue to be respected. The UK's Defence Senior Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa visited Lebanon on 12 December 2019 and met with senior Lebanese authorities, including President Aoun, to discuss the current situation.