France will host an international working meeting on Lebanon

France will host an international working meeting on Lebanon on Dec. 11 to help the protests-hit country quickly create a “credible” government able to restore stability and bring its economy back on track, the French foreign ministry has announced.

Co-chaired by France and the United Nations, the meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon “should allow the international community to call for the swift formation of an effective and credible government that will take the decisions needed to ensure economic recovery and respond to the aspirations expressed by the Lebanese people,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The necessary conditions and …reforms on the part of the Lebanese government must be clarified in order for the international community to be able to lend its support to Lebanon,” it added.

Since Oct. 17, Lebanon has been witnessing nationwide protests against the government’s policies, forcing Prime Minister Saad Hariri to step down.

Protesters are calling for a complete change of the political system to eliminate corruption and provide basic services to the citizens.