Arab League calls for ending political differences among Lebanese factions

The Arab League (AL) called Tuesday on Lebanese political factions to prioritize the national interest and work swiftly for ending the state of political differences.

In a statement, the AL said the impassable political conditions have exacerbated the sufferings of the Lebanese people.

“The AL Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit is very worried about the political differences that could worsen the conditions in Lebanon,” the statement said.

It voiced the AL’s readiness to take any step to heal the rift until a consensus is reached that enables the designated prime minister to form a government without any delay in accordance with the French initiative.

It stressed a new technocrat government could rescue Lebanon from its current crisis through necessary reforms that meet the demands and aspirations of the Lebanese people.

On Monday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri failed to reach a consensus on cabinet formation, raising concerns about further instability and a total economic and financial collapse in the country.

Lebanon is suffering unprecedented political, economic and financial crises that have led to poverty, unemployment, collapse of the national currency, its failure to repay sovereign debts and an accelerating decline in foreign exchange reserves since October 2019.