“Lebanon is a few days away from the social explosion. The Lebanese are alone in the face of this dark fate, ”said Diab.
Diab called on regional and international leaders to help save Lebanon from a crisis that saw the local currency lose 90% of its value and left 77% of households without sufficient food, according to the United Nations.
The Lebanese population now spend hours in long queues at gas stations trying to buy fuel, as residents grapple with power outages of up to 22 hours a day and severe medical shortages.
“I call on the kings, princes, presidents and rulers of our friendly countries, and I call on the United Nations and all international organizations (…) to help save Lebanon from its demise,” Diab told the ambassadors.
Diab also said that only a new cabinet could restart talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
“This government does not have the right to resume negotiations with the IMF to implement the stimulus plan set by the cabinet, because this implies obligations for the next government that it may not endorse,” he said. he said, according to Reuters.
The European Union’s foreign policy chief told Lebanese leaders last month they were to blame for the political and economic crisis and that some could face sanctions if they continued to hamper measures to form a new government and implement reforms.
Diab noted repeated calls for aid to be tied to reform, but said the “imposed siege” on Lebanon did not affect the corrupt – an apparent reference to politicians.
He said the Lebanese lack patience and that “linking Lebanon’s aid to the formation of a new government has become a threat to the lives of the Lebanese and the Lebanese entity”.
CNN’s Tamara Qiblawi reported from Beirut and CNN’s Mostafa Salem reported from Abu Dhabi. With additional reports from Reuters.