EU laments Lebanon prime minister-designate's resignation

"Lebanon's leaders must unite and do their utmost for the timely formation of a government," Borrell said

  
Newly appointed Lebanese Prime Minister Mustapha Adib wears a protective face mask as he arrives to attend a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon September 1, 2020.

Newly appointed Lebanese Prime Minister Mustapha Adib wears a protective face mask as he arrives to attend a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon September 1, 2020.

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BRUSSELS- The European Union said on Monday it is disappointed and concerned about the Lebanese prime minister-designate's decision to quit, urging Lebanon to form a government to win financial support from the International Monetary Fund. 

"The European Union notes with disappointment and concern the resignation of Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib and the circumstances that led to his decision," the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell said in a statement.

"Lebanon's leaders must unite and do their utmost for the timely formation of a government," Borrell said. "The swift formation of a government would be also crucial to reach an urgently needed agreement with the International Monetary Fund."

(Reporting by Robin Emmott, editing by Marine Strauss) ((robin.emmott@thomsonreuters.com; +32 2 287 6835; Reuters Messaging: robin.emmott.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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