France and Lebanon deadlocked over proposed deadline

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PARISFrench President Emmanuel Macron expressed his disappointment on Wednesday at Lebanon’s inability to form a new government by mid-September in accordance with the timetable set by the two countries.

The September 1 deal came in the wake of a colossal explosion in the main port of the capital Beirut on August 4, after 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate left without maintenance for years ignited in a warehouse. The chemical compound is often used in the manufacture of bombs and fertilizers.

The explosion, felt for miles, left 190 dead, 6,500 injured – including 19 French – and 300,000 displaced.

Macron traveled to Beirut two days after the explosion, meeting with heads of state on the crisis. He then returned on September 1 to chart a path out of the quagmire that Lebanon has become. The countries agreed that a new government would be in place by September 15.

“France regrets that Lebanese politicians have failed to keep the commitments made to President Macron on September 1, 2020, according to the announced schedule,” the Elysee said in a statement.

“It is not yet too late: everyone must take their responsibilities and finally act in the sole interest of Lebanon by allowing Mr. Mustapha Adib to form a government commensurate with the gravity of the situation,” he said. he said in a statement.

On August 31, Mustapha Adib was installed as the new Prime Minister. Adib had previously served as Ambassador to Germany.

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