LEBANON / GUTERRES VISIT

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The Secretary-General met in Beirut today with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, and he reiterated his message of solidarity with Lebanon and its people at this difficult time. UNIFIL

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STORY: LEBANON / GUTERRES VISIT
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DATELINE: 19 -20 DECEMBER 2021, LEBANON

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19 DECEMBER 2021, BEIRUT, LEBANON

1.Various shots, Guterres arrived at the airport
2. Various shots, Guterres visited Beirut port
3. Various shots, Guterres meeting with Lebanese President

20 DECEMBER 2021, BEIRUT, LEBANON

4. Various shots, Guterres meeting with the Speaker of Parliament of Lebanon, Nabih Berri
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The United Nations wants to express its strong solidarity with the Lebanese people in this moment and we’ll do everything to mobilize the international community to strengthen its support to Lebanon, humanitarian support, development support and support to the restructuring of the different aspects of the economy and of the financial situation of the country.”

20 DECEMBER 2021, GRAND SÉRAIL, BEIRUT, LEBANON

6. Various shots, Guterres meeting with Prime Minister Mikati and the Lebanese Cabinet
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our strategies need to be coherent, our methods aligned in pursuit of a common goal: a stable peaceful Lebanon that offers again hope and opportunity to all its people. And it’s the role of the United Nations to do everything to support the Lebanese government in this direction. This strategic partnership is critical to finding sustainable solutions that are tailored to the challenges that you face.”
8. Wide shot, meeting room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The truth is that the Lebanese people are today suffering tremendously and that creates naturally a great responsibility for Lebanese leaders to come together. I mean this is not the moment for divisions to be explored. This is the moment for unity and for all the institutions to do everything possible to solve the problems of the country. But let’s be clear, Lebanon also deserves now the same kind of solidarity that was given to the Syrian refugees and it deserves a massive mobilization of resources to support your economic recovery.”
10. Wide shot, meeting room

STORYLINE:

The Secretary-General met in Beirut today with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, and he reiterated his message of solidarity with Lebanon and its people at this difficult time.

The Secretary-General said after the meeting that he was very encouraged in his meetings over the past days with the President, the Speaker and the Prime Minister. There is a clear guarantee that elections will take place in the beginning of May. And he added that he was impressed by the work the Government is doing in relation to the preparation of the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund.

He met earlier with the Speaker of the Parliament, Nabih Berri, and told reporters afterward that only Lebanese can solve Lebanese problems, but the international community needs to strengthen its support to Lebanon to overcome the present, difficult circumstances.

Earlier today, the Secretary-General visited the Port of Beirut to pay tribute to the victims that lost their lives and to express his solidarity to all those wounded and to the families. He said that he knows the will of the people to know the truth and to have proper accountability for that tragedy.

On Sunday (19 Dec), the Secretary-General arrived in Beirut and met with President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace. He told reporters after that meeting that his objective is to discuss how we can best support the Lebanese people to overcome the current economic and financial crisis and to promote peace, stability and sustainable development.

Seeing the suffering of the people of Lebanon, he said, Lebanese political leaders do not have the right to be divided and paralyze the country. He added that next year’s elections will be key and Lebanon’s people must be fully engaged in choosing how the country moves forward.
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