FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference on the political situation in Lebanon in Paris, France September 27, 2020.
Having seen deadlines to form a government pass and political talks stall, Macron opted to go ahead with an aid conference to take stock of the situation.
However, officials have made it clear that Lebanon will not be bailed out without reforms and that any aid will only be to help recovery.
A fund managed by the World Bank will also be created in the coming weeks to channel humanitarian aid through U.N. agencies and nongovernmental organisations.
“When there’s no Plan B, France always organises a conference,” said a Western diplomat, adding that the Lebanon situation was unlikely to evolve before a new U.S. administration was firmly in place.
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