Shreim: There is no diplomatic crisis with France

Sun 02 Aug 2020 at 11:28 Politics

NNA - Minister of Displaced, Ghada Shreim, commented on Sunday, during an interview with "Voice of Lebanon" Radio Station, about the recent visit of the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Beirut, confirming that "there is no diplomatic crisis with France and there is an attempt by some media outlets to inflate the image which falls within the framework of the smear campaign."

Minister Shreim added that European officials have always urged Lebanese politicians to initiate reforms in the State's sectors, in order to obtain assistance from donor countries, most notably France.

Shreim blasted previous governments, accusing them of not resorting to any reform to get Lebanon out of its crisis, saying: "The financial support by the CEDRE Conference has stopped, because the previous governments have not implemented any reforms. On the contrary, the aid has evaporated and the country has not benefited from it properly and we are ready to confront and we will inevitably change this approach."

"Yes, we must help ourselves, as Le Drian said. For decades, unfortunately, we have not built a country, but rather groups that pursue their own interests," she went on.

Finally, Shreim considered that reform cannot be implemented within one night, but the government has agreed to a forensic financial audit, and will work again on the capital control issue, if it is not approved in Parliament.

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