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Members of the US Congress in Lebanon to discuss the economic crisis

A group of members of the US Congress held meetings today, Saturday, with senior leaders of Lebanon, as part of a fact-finding mission to the Middle Eastern country that is beset by an unprecedented economic crisis. The delegates report to US President Joe Biden and Congress, and suggest ways to help the Lebanese people.

The country’s new government, which has been in power since September, is struggling to start reforms and negotiations with the International Monetary Fund.

The US delegation includes Representative Daryl Issa, a Republican from California, Republican Representative Darren Lahoud from Illinois, and Edward Gabriel, head of the American Action Group for Lebanon based in Washington.

He met The three, who arrived on Friday and are scheduled to spend three days in Lebanon, is President Michel Aoun.

Gabriel told the local Al-Jadeed TV channel that members of Congress are in Beirut “to see for themselves” what is happening in Lebanon. , and he hopes they will “bring up some new ideas” about ways the United States can help the Lebanese.

Later, the delegation met with the Emir To Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who thanked the United States for standing by Lebanon and its continued support for the Lebanese army, according to Mikati’s office.

The roots of Lebanon’s crisis go back to decades of corruption and mismanagement. The international community has said that it intends to help the small country once it implements sweeping reforms and tackles endemic corruption.

The economic collapse in Lebanon began in late 2019, exacerbated by political wrangling between rival groups that failed to launch reforms despite the fact That the crisis killed three quarters of the country’s population

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