UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday began a “solidarity” visit to Lebanon, a country plagued by an unprecedented economic and financial crisis.
“If there is one word that characterizes my visit, it is the word solidarity”, declared Mr. Guterres upon his arrival in Beirut for a three-day visit, reports the UN.
On Thursday, the UN chief called on Lebanese political leaders to unite to find solutions to the crisis facing the country, one of the worst in the world since 1850, according to the World Bank.
“Divisions among political leaders in Lebanon have crippled institutions, making it impossible to reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, implement effective economic plans and create the right conditions for the country to start. to get up, ”he lamented during a press conference.
The crisis is accompanied by political paralysis which prevents the implementation of the necessary reforms, at a time when more than 80% of the population lives below the poverty line.