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IMF plan only option for Lebanon, says France's Le Drian

French Foreign Affair Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is seen at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

BEIRUT (Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday that Lebanon had no alternative other than an International Monetary Fund programme to help the country out of acute financial and economic crisis.

Le Drian also told a news conference on an official visit to Beirut that the need for change and reform in Lebanon “is known by all” and that France stood ready to mobilise support if there is concrete reform.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Catherine Evans

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