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Lebanon's Mikati expresses hope of IMF accord in weeks

Economy Mar 26, 2022 06:45AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's Prime Minister-Designate Najib Mikati speaks after meeting with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun, at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 16, 2021. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS

DOHA (Reuters) -A delegation from the International Monetary Fund will start talks in Lebanon on March 29, Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Saturday, expressing hope of a deal in the coming weeks.

"Next Tuesday they will start their mission in Lebanon," he told reporters on the sidelines of the Doha Forum in Qatar.

"Hopefully ... by the end of two weeks we will see the light," Mikati said.

The Lebanese pound has lost more than 90% of its value since 2019, when the financial system collapsed, plunging the majority of Lebanese into poverty, according to UN agencies.

Reforms demanded by donors to provide assistance to Lebanon include steps to tackle widespread corruption, tax dodging and government deficits - the root causes of the meltdown.

"We don't have an option, it is an obligatory path to negotiate with the IMF and to achieve an agreement," he added.

Lebanon's Mikati expresses hope of IMF accord in weeks
 

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Lion King
Lion King Mar 27, 2022 4:56PM ET
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Lebanon democrats country lol. you never heard about human rights in Lebanon while they don't have basic humans life . human rights only spammed vs stable countries like Saudi, Egypt and UAE
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Chad Richer Than You Mar 26, 2022 8:00AM ET
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Invest in Lebanon. Invest in the forefront of Middle Eastern po. ssy xD
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Chad Richer Than You Mar 26, 2022 7:07AM ET
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Who cares for Lebanon anyways xD
 
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