|20 February, 2020

Lebanon in phase of seeking IMF advice, aid comes in next phase-fin min

"The government is preparing the plan and is asking for the Fund's help to give us its opinion and advice."

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab and officials meet with a team of IMF experts at the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon February 20, 2020.

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab and officials meet with a team of IMF experts at the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon February 20, 2020.

Reuters/Mohamed Azakir

BEIRUT- The Lebanese government is in a phase of getting technical advice from the IMF, Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni said in a statement on Thursday as IMF experts began a visit to Beirut to advise on efforts for dealing with an economic crisis.

"The Fund delegation will continue its work until the completion of cooperation with Lebanon to prepare the plan," Wazni said, according to a statement from the prime minister's office. "We are in a phase of technical advice exclusively."

(Writing by Tom Perry/Ellen Francis; Editing by Toby Chopra) ((thomas.perry@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging: thomas.perry.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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