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The ambassadors of Washington and Paris in Beirut: Lebanon "urgently needs" a new government

The US and French ambassadors to Beirut said, in a joint statement on Friday, that Lebanon "urgently needs" a new pro-reform government to get it out of its unprecedented economic and financial crisis.

The statement by Ambassadors Dorothy Shea and Ann Grew came a day after they held talks in Riyadh with Saudi officials on how to find a unified strategy to help Lebanon.

The statement indicated that France, the United States and other countries will continue to provide urgent assistance to the Lebanese people, including health, educational and nutritional support.

The Riyadh meeting was a follow-up to the tripartite meeting between US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud last month in Italy.

Lebanon suffers from an acute shortage of basic products, including medicines, fuel and infant formula, amid dwindling foreign exchange reserves and the free fall of the national currency.