Lebanon needs financial support from the Arab world, particularly the rich Gulf states, but its continuous political instability has become a hindrance in the way of a bailout.
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.
Lebanese pound hits a new record low in Tuesday trading, adding to Lebanon's economic and financial woes.
President Michel Aoun cautions against bids to destabilise "security and the street" after angry protests over the Arab country's economic crisis.
The protest movement rocking Lebanon since October 17 revived this week as a deepening economic crisis increases pressure to form a new government.
Saad al Hariri’s resignation as prime minister has left Lebanon without a government for nearly three months, in a time the country has been trying to recover from a deep economic crisis.
The central bank proposed Lebanese holders of Eurobonds due in 2020 swap their holdings for longer-dated notes, a move that could ease pressure on dwindling foreign currency reserves amid a deep financial crisis.
Protesters in crisis-hit country clash with security forces in Beirut, a day after demonstrators outraged by restrictions on dollar withdrawals attacked bank branches with metal rods, fire extinguishers, and rocks.
Lebanon is deep in the throes of an economic crisis that has shaken confidence in the country's banks and worsened since the protests erupted on October 17.
Lebanese voters have been protesting for five days, demanding reforms from the government and the ouster of corrupt officials.
Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters of all ages gathered in major cities and towns nationwide, with each hour bringing hundreds of more people to the streets for the largest anti-government protests yet in four days of demonstrations.
Reports showed smoke rising along the frontier and the sound of explosions.
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