A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (22 January) on the formation of a new government in Lebanon:
We welcome the formation of a new government in Lebanon. In view of the current troubling situation in the country, what the new cabinet must do now under the leadership of Hassan Diab is assume its responsibility for people in the country who for months have been taking to the streets nationwide. The new government must swiftly take the steps that are urgently needed to find a way out of the crisis. Germany, as a member of the EU and of the international community, stands by the side of Lebanon; we support the country’s implementation of profound and long‑lasting reforms that meet the people’s justified demands.