February 12, 2020 / 8:26 PM / 4 days ago

IMF stands ready to assist Lebanon with adviser, technical help: spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund stands ready to provide advice and technical assistance to Lebanon in its efforts to avoid a financial collapse, a spokesman for the global lender said, confirming the government had asked for help.

“We stand ready to assist the authorities,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said in a statement. “Any decisions on debt are the authorities’, to be made in consultation with their own legal and financial advisers.”

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chris Reese

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