The International Support Group for Lebanon issued the following statement on the reassignment of Prime Minister Najib Mikati:
“The International Support Group for Lebanon (GIS) takes note of the appointment of a Prime Minister. He calls on all political actors to quickly form a government. With the serious economic and social challenges it faces, Lebanon and its citizens cannot afford political deadlocks. The ISG also stresses that it is important to respect the constitutional calendar so that the presidential election takes place on time.
The ISG urges Lebanese stakeholders, including the executive and legislative authorities, to work quickly towards the rapid formation of a government capable of implementing important outstanding reforms in order to alleviate the suffering of the Lebanese people. In particular, the authorities must respect the commitments made in the April 7 services-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), including budgetary laws, capital controls, bank secrecy, bank resolution, government and central bank decisions on banking resolution and exchange rate unification, to lay a solid foundation for socio-economic recovery and sustainable recovery in Lebanon. The best way to achieve this is through an agreement with the IMF, backed by the international donor community.
The ISG continues to support Lebanon and its people.
The International Support Group brought together the United Nations and the governments of China, France, Germany, Italy, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the European Union and the Arab League. It was launched in September 2013 by the UN Secretary General with former President Michel Sleiman to help mobilize support and assistance for Lebanon’s stability, sovereignty and state institutions.”