Lebanon to discuss Saudi financial support in new joint body-PM Hariri

Heavily indebted Lebanon will discuss getting help from Saudi Arabia with its financial situation at a new bilateral council the two countries are setting up, the Lebanese prime minister said on Friday.

Work was underway on the new council, and around 19 agreements had been prepared for it, Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri told reporters after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

“There will also be talk regarding how the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will help us regarding the financial situation we have,” Hariri said.

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said on Wednesday Riyadh was in discussions with Lebanon about providing financial support, without giving details.

Earlier this week, a Lebanese official source told Reuters that work was underway to convene the committee in October. Hariri and a top-level Saudi official would head…

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