September 20, 2019 / 8:39 AM / a month ago

France will help Lebanon push through economic reform: Macron

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron reacts as he inaugurates the Commission on the first 1000 days of the child in Paris, France September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool

PARIS (Reuters) - France remains committed to helping Lebanon in its plans for economic reforms, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday at talks in Paris with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

Lebanon, one of the world’s most indebted states, is aiming to drive through long-postponed reforms to try to improve its stagnant economy and state finances. Speaking at a joint press event with Macron, Hariri said he had had “excellent talks” with French business about investing in Lebanon.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Writing by Christian Lowe

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