US says financial support to Lebanon depends on reforms

BEIRUT (REUTERS) – Lebanon will only receive financial support when its leaders enact reforms, a senior US official said on Saturday (Aug 15), urging them to finally respond to their people’s demands for good governance and to end corruption.

“When we see Lebanese leaders committed to real change, change in word and deed, America and its international partners will respond to systemic reforms with sustained financial support,” David Hale said at the end of a three-day visit to Beirut following a catastrophic chemicals explosion earlier this month.

Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, also said the United States was ready to work with Congress to pledge up to US$30 million (S$40 million) in additional funds to enable the flow of grain through the Port of Beirut on an urgent, interim basis.

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