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US calls resignation of Lebanon PM-designate ‘disappointing’

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Washington (AFP) – The United States said Thursday’s resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanon’s prime minister-designate was disappointing. “It is critical that a government committed and able to implement priority reforms be formed now,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said after Hariri abandoned his efforts to form a government nine months after accepting the challenge. The country is deep in crisis and international donors remain adamant that a government must be established before they can provide funding. But political squabbling has repeatedly stymied such efforts and sent the currency to…

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