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UN restores Lebanon the right to vote in the General Assembly after paying its arrears

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

The United Nations announced on Monday that Lebanon has regained its right to vote in the General Assembly, after having paid all arrears due in respect of this international organization.

On Monday, Lebanon’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Amal Mudallali, said that her country had paid what it needed three days after the suspension of its right to vote in the General Assembly due to its late payment.

Amal Lebanon wrote on Twitter, “Lebanon paid late fees for several days as a result of the current situation in Lebanon, and everything returned to normal,” adding, “Lebanon is no longer subject to Article 19.”

“Lebanon has just paid up. With this batch, voting rights have been fully restored to Lebanon,” said Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the international organization, during his daily press conference.

Dujarric did not specify the amount paid by Lebanon or the amount of the country’s debts owed to the United Nations, but a diplomatic source said that the amount paid by Lebanon is one million and 310 thousand and 466 dollars.

This is the first time in the history of Lebanon that its voting rights have been suspended.

Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sent a letter to the President of the General Assembly saying that Lebanon must pay 459,000 dollars to restore its right to vote.

“We are fully aware that the recent events in Lebanon have led to difficulties in the banking system,” Dujarric added.

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