The expert described the reasons for the decline of the US pressure on the Lebanese economy
The United States realized the ineffectiveness of pressure on the Lebanese economy with the aim of adversely affect the Shiite movement Hezbollah, said Lebanese Professor in Economics and management Ahmad Zane.
"The pressure of the Americans in Lebanon is on the decline. They understand that their actions have a negative impact more on their allies in the face of a number of parties, than Hezbollah, so the Americans in Kuwait, France and, perhaps, Qatar has given the green light for the provision of assistance to Lebanon to this country are closer to the East",- told RIA Novosti Zane.
Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian on Thursday during his visit to Beirut, had relayed a message to Lebanese President Michel Aoun from French leader Emmanuel Macron on the willingness of Paris to help Beirut in a difficult economic situation. Earlier, Lebanese media wrote about the intention of Kuwait to provide Lebanon with assistance in the amount of two billion dollars to keep the banking system.
According to the expert, amid promises of financial support, which is ineffective and can not happen in the near future, countries such as China and Iran, are ready to implement industrial projects and invest in Lebanon. Russia, in turn, is also ready to provide full support in the official request.
Answering the question of what sanctions and economic pressure they want to achieve from Lebanon, USA, Zane explained that "the real aim of the American administration is not associated primarily with the disarmament of Hezbollah.
"Rather, it is connected with the demarcation of the borders with Israel so that the block 9, where, as expected, there are large reserves of resources, has departed in favor of tel Aviv. Unfortunately, the Americans began to intervene very tight in the presidential race in Lebanon, promising first and foremost financial support to different camps, ready to meet their demands, which include the border and the issue of disarming Hizbullah, he said.
In early July, the head of U.S. Central command (CENTCOM), General Kenneth Mackenzie at the meeting with Aoun declared Washington's readiness to continue military-technical assistance to the Lebanese army. Later, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo has threatened Lebanon with sanctions in the case of purchases of Iranian oil.
In Lebanon, 17 October 2019 unrest began. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country staged anti-government demonstrations with the requirement to conduct efficient economic reforms, to prosecute politicians involved in corruption and return stolen from the state budget funds. In November, against the backdrop of unrest, he resigned the government of Saad Hariri. In late January, the President approved a Cabinet of Ministers headed Debom.
The new government has taken efforts to stabilize the economy, saying in late April on the adoption of anti-crisis program, which includes a series of large-scale reforms and assistance from abroad, including financial support of the International monetary Fund, the negotiations which today are difficult and no clear positive trends.