December 15
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France, Germany, and the EU on Monday called for an end to external interference in Lebanon, after the country’s prime minister resigned unexpectedly.

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, said that a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday had voiced unanimous support for Lebanon’s “unity and stability,” reported Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency.  

“We expect no external interference in this national agenda and we believe it is essential to avoid importing into Lebanon regional conflicts, regional dynamics, regional tensions that have to stay out of the country,” Mogherini said, adding that she will meet Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Brussels on Tuesday.

She said outside interference in Lebanon—buffeted for decades by conflicts between bigger players in the region such as Iran and Syria—was a “current and always existing threat.”

French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Yves Le Drian said France was “worried by the situation in Lebanon” and wanted to see the government there “stabilize as quickly as possible.”

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