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Lebanon Calls for Clarifications on Suspension of Voting Rights at UN

Lebanon Calls for Clarifications on Suspension of Voting Rights at UN

Tuesday, 24 January, 2023 - 07:30
Abdallah Bou Habib. (National News Agency)  

Lebanese caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Abdallah Bou Habib has asked for clarifications from the United Nations on the suspension of Lebanon’s rights to vote before the expiry of the extended deadline to pay its contribution to the UN.

Bou Habib met on Monday with the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, and her deputy Imran Riza, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon.

They followed up on the issue of Lebanon paying its dues to the operating budget of the international organization.

Bou Habib said that "the Lebanese mission in New York had previously been informed by the Contributions Office to the United Nations of extending the payment deadline, in which Lebanon would maintain its voting rights until the end of January 2023."

He called for "clarifications on the reason for the change that occurred and the suspension of voting rights before the expiry of the period referred to above."

Bou Habib added that Lebanon is bearing the burden of the Syrian refugees on behalf of the international community and expects a different attitude from those who praise it for hosting the displaced.

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