Report: Lebanon Must Adhere to Dissociation Policy to Get International Assistance


In order for crisis-hit Lebanon to get international assistance for its crippling economy, it must first kick start a series of reforms mainly committing to the dissociation policy as devised in the government’s policy statement, Asharq al-Awsat reported on Saturday.

“Lebanon is not only required internationally to implement financial and economic reforms, it must mainly implement political ones. The government of PM Hassan Diab must show an ability to commit in deeds, not words, to its dissociation policy,” a parliamentary source told the daily on condition of anonymity.

“Failure to adhere to the dissociation policy not only constitutes an embarrassment for the government but will also push the international community to distance itself from assisting Lebanon,” added the source.

Referring to assurances that deposits of Lebanese are safe in banks, he said: “Rosy promises made on a daily basis by central bank governor Riad Salameh, head of Chairman of the Association of Banks Salim Sfeir and some statesmen have no positive effect in terms of reassuring depositors that their deposits won’t be touched.

“These promises are only ink on paper as long as banks continue to violate the monetary and credit law with a cover from Salameh on one hand, and ignorance of officials on he other,” he added.

Last week, Lebanon's new cabinet approved a policy statement expected to outline a broad action plan to save the protest-hit country from one of its worst economic crises in decades.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his new government face the twin challenge of angry street protests and a collapsing economy, with Lebanon burdened by debt of nearly 90 billion dollars, or more than 150 percent of GDP.

The policy statement maintained the tripartite alliance between the army, the people and the Resistance, the third term referring to Hizbullah.

Hizbullah- listed as a “terrorist" group by the United States and the European Union- has been fighting alongside the troops of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a move condemned by many in Lebanon and internationally.

Comments 5
Thumb tric.portugal 15 February 2020, 14:06

with two millions of refugies...who want´s the silence of Lebanon of what is happening to the region!!?? they want the silence of the Cristhians in the region...Convert or Die....

Thumb LongLiveLebanon 15 February 2020, 15:32

I can't believe how stupid a comment can be as this previous one above.
In fact, Lebanon has never distanced itself from regional conflicts since Hizbullah fighters have been fighting alongside the Syrian regime's army, to save this murderous regime from extinction. The new Lebanese government has every interest in preventing any further interference by Hizbullah in the ongoing Syrian conflict. I wish him Good Luck, if he can.

Thumb chrisrushlau 15 February 2020, 17:33

Your comments remind me of reading that Israel hires high school students to "troll" regime critics in internet chats. You can't be a US high school student: your grammar(ly) is too good. How is Hezbullah providing infantry to Syria to reclaim territorial integrity "interference"? And Lebanon's defacto defense force needs combat experience. We remember 2006 and the RPG-29. Most importantly, any friend of Israel advises it to let "one person, one vote" give it the stability, security, and legitimacy its people crave. You could say the same to Israel.

Missing peace 15 February 2020, 19:10

' How is Hezbullah providing infantry to Syria to reclaim territorial integrity "interference"? '

it is not disassociation from the syrian conflict as they actively participated in it...disassociation means to stay neutral but they fought for syria not lebanon

they do not need to go and kill people in syria to get combat experience as you say... they were already trained by iran way before that and claim they are the best and no one can defeat them...

so please, don't be that naive or you are just a supporter of an iranian proxy in lebanon...

Thumb warrior 16 February 2020, 01:57

نعت قيادة “حزب الله” أحد عناصرها محمد باقر حسن روماني ( ابو الياس ) في حلب، وروماني من بلدة دير الزهراني في الجنوب اللبناني

Another example of the Lebanese government's adherence to the dissociation policy.