January 22, 2020 / 6:08 AM / a month ago

U.N. chief says will work with new Lebanese govt on reforms

BEIRUT, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres welcomed the formation of a new Lebanese government on Tuesday and will work with the new premier to support reforms in the heavily indebted country grappling with an urgent economic crisis.

A statement issued by Guterres’ spokesperson also said the United Nations was committed to supporting “Lebanon’s strengthening of its sovereignty, stability and political independence”.

Lebanon formed a new government under Prime Minister Hassan Diab after the Shi’ite Hezbollah movement and its allies agreed on a cabinet after weeks of wrangling over portfolios. (Reporting by Tom Perry; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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