Charbel Wehbi was appointed as Lebanon's new foreign minister Monday, hours after Nassif Hitti's surprise resignation from the position.
Wehbi, 67, served as Lebanon's ambassador to Venezuela from 2007 to 2012, and consul general of Lebanon in Los Angeles from 2002 to 2007.
"Will this cry of deep frustration move #Lebanon to finally work on reforms, on measures taking care of the Lebanese, sinking every day deeper into poverty and desperation?"
Lebanon named the president's diplomatic adviser as new foreign minister on Monday after Nassif Hitti quit the post, blaming a lack of political will to enact reforms to halt a financial meltdown which he warned could turn Lebanon into a failed state.
In recent days, Lebanese media has quoted sources saying Mr Hitti was angered by Mr Diab's treatment of French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during a recent trip to Lebanon and that he felt overshadowed by the head of one of Lebanon's most powerful intelligence agencies, Maj Gen Abbas Ibrahim, who travelled to Kuwait and Qatar in July as President Michel Aoun's personal envoy.
"Otherwise the ship will sink with everyone on board", Hitti said.
The outgoing foreign minister too urged officials to "reconsider many of their policies and practises so that the nation and its citizens are given priority over all other considerations".
"Lebanon today is not the Lebanon we loved, that we wanted to be a beacon and model, it is slipping to become a failed state God forbid", he said.
Meanwhile, "my duties could not be performed in these fateful historical circumstances", Hitti said, indicating that this had also contributed to his final decision.
"I have chose to resign today as foreign minister", Hitti said in a statement, charging that the government had shown no will to initiate changes demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Hitti, after submitting his resignation to Diab, left the government house without making any comments earlier on Monday.
I chose to resign from my duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, wishing the government and those in charge of the state administration to reconcile and reconsider many policies and practices in order to give the citizen and the country priority over all considerations, differences, divisions, and privacies.
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