I congratulate Saad Hariri MP on his appointment as Prime Minister Designate and hope this will be followed by the swift formation of a Cabinet.
The recent political progress in Lebanon demonstrates what can be achieved by politicians working together in the Lebanese national interest. I very much hope that Lebanese leaders will continue in this spirit and seize this opportunity to strengthen state institutions, pursue much needed reforms to boost the economy, and deliver the future the Lebanese deserve.
The UK is committed to supporting a sovereign, prosperous and secure Lebanon. We look forward to working with Prime Minister Hariri on a number of essential issues including; strengthening the economy and security, promoting co-existence, and managing the challenge of large numbers of refugees to the benefit of all.
Finally, I thank Prime Minister Tammam Salam for the partnership we have built to support Lebanon and recognise his work to guide the country through this testing period.