Turkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Lebanon’s PM Najib Mikati discuss Ankara-Beirut relations, cooperation and assistance.
Taxi and truck drivers blocked main highways and roads throughout the country in protest over worsening economic conditions.
Talks with the International Monetary Fund resumed in September this year but Lebanese officials have yet to submit a comprehensive recovery plan.
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said the country's mandatory dollar reserves have been slashed by more than half, threatening a subsidy programme that had covered fuel, medicine and flour.
Lebanese leaders are wary of relying on Tehran to meet country's energy needs but have no other option.
The decision was made at an emergency meeting attended by the president, central bank governor and other officials over a fuel crisis that has paralysed basic services and triggered a scramble for fuel.
But the militant group's opponents have warned that the move can invite US sanctions on a country that's already reeling under an economic crisis.
Lebanon’s economic and financial crisis has unfolded since late 2019, crippling the import-dependent nation and leaving residents struggling to find fuel, medicines and basic supplies.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in a visit to Lebanon threatened unspecified measures against officials obstructing the formation of a government in the crisis-hit country.
Protesters closed major roads leading to the Lebanese capital, causing traffic jams and triggering a call by the head of the hospitals union who warned that such moves are preventing oxygen supplies from reaching medical centers treating patients.
Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab pressures politicians to form a new government, saying the country is confronting enormous challenges that no government can face.
The country's deeply divided political class has so far failed to reach any consensus on a suitable candidate to be prime minister, a position always held by a Sunni Muslim.
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