Guterres: The situation in Lebanon is heartbreaking

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Guterres: The situation in Lebanon is heartbreaking

Guterres: The situation in Lebanon is heartbreaking

Visiting Lebanon, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the current situation in the country is sad and heartbreaking and called on political leaders to unite to carry out fundamental reforms.

Speaking to Sharq al-Awsat, Guterres emphasized that Lebanon should be a country free of corruption and strong reforms.

Reiterating his demand for Hezbollah to become a political party like other political forces in the country, Guterres said the Lebanese army needs large investments in advanced equipment.

Guterres, who expressed the need to solve the problems related to the Blue Line, which represents the Lebanon-Israel border, as well as not allowing Shiite or Sunni radical groups to be an alternative to the state, called on the Gulf countries to support the recovery of Lebanon.

Guterres stated that Lebanon needed a new social agreement to rebuild the dismantled middle class, and announced that he had received clear commitments from President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nabih Berri to hold free and fair legislative elections in early May.

Guterres said that he is very concerned about Syria being in a ‘no war and peace situation’ with the presence of many militias and 4 foreign armies, adding, “The mediation of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, is aimed at overcoming the current stalemate and getting rid of all foreign forces stationed in Syria. It is the only serious effort that has been made.”

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