Pivotal for the regional balance of the Levant, and an integral part of the Arab world, Lebanon is currently facing a severe political and socio-economic crisis, which was further exacerbated by August 4th explosion. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic added a new layer of complexity for a country that is already dealing with multi-faceted challenges and that over time has become s a sanctuary for refugees fleeing adjacent conflicts. Overall, the virus had put a strain on the Lebanese, exacerbating pre-existing socio-economic fragilities and threatening to jeopardize the country’s fragile domestic equilibrium.
To address these concerns, the establishment of a functional cabinet becomes a vital step in implementing the comprehensive reforms necessary to drive Lebanon along the path of recovery, to restore the population’s confidence, champion the importance of the state and eventually address Lebanon’s vulnerabilities. Following the tragic explosion of this past August, a strong international response is equally critical to deliver assistance to the country, help it overcome its economic and financial challenges, rebuild its domestic stability, and support its refugee population.
Watch the dialogue with Charbel Wehbi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Lebanon.