Canada’s Ambassador to Beirut, Chantal Chastainay, published a picture that sparked widespread controversy today, Saturday, as she showed her from inside her car while she was standing in line behind a gas station, to reflect the extent of the crisis in Lebanon and the tragic situation there.
The Canadian ambassador attached the photo she posted on her Twitter account and was monitored by (Watan) with a comment about the difficulty of obtaining fuel.
Gas station ⛽️ finally in sight! Waiting in line patiently like everyone. What are you doing this beautiful Saturday morning? pic.twitter.com/Ak8wBKl6Gd
— Chantal Chastenay (@CChastenay) July 3, 2021
Canadian Ambassador to Beirut
She said what read: “A gas station is finally on the horizon! Waiting in line as patiently as everyone else.”
She added: “What are you doing on a beautiful Saturday morning?”
Lebanon is witnessing the worst economic crisis in its modern history, as the Lebanese currency has lost about 90% of its value.
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And last week, fuel prices in Lebanon rose, after the release of the fuel price schedule according to the support price (3900 Lebanese pounds per dollar), amid a huge fuel crisis in the country.
A severe crisis in Lebanon
Lebanon is witnessing a fuel shortage crisis, as the government suffers from a shortage of hard foreign currencies needed to secure fuel and support imports that include most of the country’s basic commodities and medicines.
It should be noted that there is a crisis in the formation of the Lebanese government, as Prime Minister Saad Hariri was assigned to form the Lebanese government in October 2020, but the process of forming a government and appointing ministers has stalled so far due to the lack of agreement on inter-sectarian quotas over ministers.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan met last week to discuss files of common interest, which are related to the situation in Lebanon.
They agreed that Lebanon’s political leaders will demonstrate real leadership by implementing long-awaited reforms to stabilize the economy and provide much-needed relief to the Lebanese Prime Time Zone.
The Lebanese call the phrase “queues of humiliation” the scene of cars lining up at stations and waiting hours to fill up the fuel, and in many cases they do not reach their turn due to the running out of available quantities.
Some stations witness from time to time a state of chaos punctuated by problems and shootings, which requires the intervention of the police and the army sometimes to impose security.
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