SAAD HARIRI REQUESTS AID TO SECURE LEBANON'S FOOD IMPORTS FROM 8 COUNTRIES


07/12/2019




Selin ATAY-TDO-Lebanon's caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri has requested aid from 8 countries to help it secure imports of food and raw materials amid an acute dollar shortage.

The appeal for aid was sent to Turkish President Erdogan, Saudi Arabia's King Selman bin Abdulaziz, French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Egyptian President Abdul fettahes-Sisi, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

In his letters, Hariri requested that these countries be given accreditation for imports of food and raw materials to Lebanon. Prime Minister Hariri's move is considered an effort to secure the proper conditions for imports in Lebanon, which is experiencing liquidity shortages.

Customs figures show that Lebanon’s biggest supplier of goods is China ($2bn), followed by Greece ($1.7bn), Italy ($1.6bn) and the United States ($1.4bn).

Lebanon is grappling with the worst financial strains since its 1975-1990 civil war. Anti-government protests started in Lebanon on October 17, soon spread across the country, those protest spurred by the bad economy. Under pressure from protesters, Mr. Hariri resigned on October 29 and Lebanon has been without a government since.


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