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EU laments Lebanon prime minister-designate's resignation

FILE PHOTO: EU foreign policy chief Josep Borell speaks after a European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union said on Monday it is disappointed and concerned about the Lebanese prime minister-designate’s decision to quit, urging Lebanon to form a government to win financial support from the International Monetary Fund.

“The European Union notes with disappointment and concern the resignation of Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib and the circumstances that led to his decision,” the EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell said in a statement.

“Lebanon’s leaders must unite and do their utmost for the timely formation of a government,” Borrell said. “The swift formation of a government would be also crucial to reach an urgently needed agreement with the International Monetary Fund.”

Reporting by Robin Emmott, editing by Marine Strauss