BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese financial institution deposits are secure and there’s no must panic, the pinnacle of the banking affiliation mentioned on Saturday, in search of to calm nerves about restrictions on some withdrawals imposed after nationwide protests.
Already dealing with the worst financial disaster for the reason that 1975-90 civil battle, Lebanon has been pitched deeper into turmoil since Oct. 17 by a wave of rallies in opposition to the ruling elite that led Saad al-Hariri to resign as prime minister on Oct. 29.
Since reopening per week in the past, banks have been in search of to stave off capital flight by blocking most transfers overseas and imposing curbs on hard-currency withdrawals, although the central financial institution has introduced no formal capital controls.
“We affirm that depositors’ cash is secure and what’s occurring has nothing to do with solvency and due to this fact, no must panic,” the pinnacle of the Affiliation of Banks in Lebanon, Salim Sfeir, advised a press convention.
Sfeir spoke after assembly President Michel Aoun, the ministers of finance and financial system, the central financial institution governor and different officers over the financial state of affairs.
In current days, importers of gasoline, wheat and medication have mentioned they confronted issue securing the overseas forex wanted for his or her purchases.
Economic system minister Mansour Bteich mentioned the Central Financial institution Governor Riad Salame reaffirmed that the funds for these strategic items have been safe, Lebanon’s al-Jadeed TV reported.
“We request the central financial institution governor, in cooperation with the banks affiliation, to facilitate the mandatory wants for depositors, specifically small depositors, to protect their financial and social state of affairs, along with the mandatory services to make sure the sustainability of the productive sectors,” Sfeir mentioned.
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