On Friday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of Beirut threatened to impose further sanctions on senior Lebanese government officials to prevent "general suicide", with the parties concerned failing to form a government that would carry out radical reforms to halt the prolonged economic collapse.
"It's urgent to find a way out of the current political impasse," Darian told reporters in his statements a day after a series of meetings he held in Beirut, mainly with the president of the republic, the president of parliament and the prime minister.
He believes that "to this day the political actors have not been held accountable and have not started working seriously for the country to recover quickly", warning that "unless they act responsibly now… they must bear the consequences of this failure."
For months, France led international pressure to form a government of technocrats, which did not bear fruit due to political disagreements and controversy over the division of power. On Friday, Darian accused senior officials of "leading the country to death." "I am here specifically to prevent this type of political suicide, which is organized by some senior government officials," he said.
In an attempt to increase pressure on the political echelon, France last month imposed restrictions on the entry of senior Lebanese officials, which it sees as responsible for political stalemate and corruption. The identities of the figures or restrictions imposed by France have not yet been revealed.
La Darian threatened that if the stalemate continued, it might be possible to "tighten or expand these measures" to influence other factors, without mentioning their names. "It can be added with pressure tools available to the EU," he said.
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