Lebanon going through "very dangerous period": House speaker

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-05 23:49:39|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BEIRUT, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- House Speaker Nabih Berri warned Monday that Lebanon is going through a very "dangerous and sensitive period," the National News Agency reported.

"If we maintain our status quo, Lebanon will have to continue begging donor countries and international institutions for donations and loans," Berri was quoted as saying during a dialogue session held in support for Lebanon's industry sector at Ain El Tineh.

Berri said that lack of political and security stability will not allow any sector in the country to rise and succeed.

"We cannot make any achievements in industry, agriculture, tourism or economy without stability and security," he said.

Lebanon is currently going through a political paralysis as the cabinet has not met since June 27, three days before a security incident taking place in Aley, killing two men escorting Minister of State for Refugee Affairs Saleh Gharib through the town of Qabr Shmoun, and injuring at least four others.

The incident's repercussions have not been solved yet because different political parties have opposing views about which judicial body should investigate the case.

This has prompted Prime Minister Saad Hariri to avoid calling for a meeting for the council of ministers to discuss several urgent economic and financial topics on the government's agenda.

Hariri believes that holding a government meeting before reaching a solution to Mount Lebanon's incident would further escalate tensions between different political parties.