This month, it will start raining sanctions on Lebanese officials who are preventing the country’s political progress.
Citing France, Reuters reported that the European Union has agreed to adopt a sanctions regime by the end of July.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian revealed the political consensus to impose sanctions before the end of July and specifically “before the anniversary of the Beirut port explosion,” he noted.
The sanctions are a last resort to exert pressure on Lebanese officials so that they form a government capable of pulling Lebanon back to safety as it falls to its demise.
“Lebanon has been in self-destruct mode for several months. Now, there is a major emergency situation for a population that is in distress,” Le Drian urged.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is considering resignation as the situation in the country continues to decline while his proposals continue to be rejected by President Michel Aoun over the division of ministries.
Last month, EU official Josep Borrell left Lebanon carrying the knowledge that the crisis is fueled by a fight over the distribution of power. Borrell’s visit was seen as the final chance before sanctions.