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Parliamentary questions
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16 December 2019
P-004424/2019
Priority question for written answer
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Milan Uhrík
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The social and economic crisis in Lebanon

Lebanese people have been protesting in the streets since October. Under pressure from the street, Prime Minister Hariri resigned two weeks after the outbreak of protests. According to the former US Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman, Lebanon must immediately change its President and cut off relations with Hezbollah.

To promote this, an artificial crisis has probably been triggered in the financial system. At the same time, according to Lebanese citizens the power industry is deliberately cutting off electricity to exacerbate the crisis atmosphere.

The situation could deteriorate rapidly if Sunni groups or Christians close to the US and Israel try to take advantage of the crisis, and attempt to stoke it in order to force a change in the Lebanese government in line with their own geopolitical interests.

In view of this:

What information does the VP/HR have to support Lebanese suspicions that the current social and economic crisis in Lebanon may be caused by foreign interference (such as by the USA or Israel)?

Does current president Aoun still enjoy the VP/HR’s recognition and respect as the highest official representative of Lebanon?

What kind of diplomatic efforts is the VP/HR going to undertake to prevent any further escalation of the crisis in Lebanon?

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