French Macron arrives in Lebanon

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French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Beirut hours after Lebanese leaders on Monday appointed diplomat Mustapha Adib as the new prime minister under French pressure, and will push for reforms aimed at pulling the country out of the Middle East. ‘a financial pit.

Macron was greeted at the airport by President Michel Aoun during the French leader’s second visit in less than a month. “So, President, it’s been a busy day, hasn’t it,” Macron told Aoun.

He also addressed the Lebanese people in a tweet in Arabic, saying he had returned as promised to “work together to create the conditions for reconstruction and stability”.

Macron will push politicians to pass the reforms donors have demanded to tackle corruption and waste before releasing financial support.

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