BEIRUT (AP) — Qatar has announced that it will invest $500 million in Lebanese government bonds to support the Mediterranean country’s struggling economy.
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani made the announcement in comments to Qatar’s state news agency.
Monday’s announcement came a day after Qatar’s ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani made a short rare visit to Lebanon where he met President Michel Aoun and took part in an Arab economic summit.
Lebanon’s economy has been struggling from massive debt, little growth and high unemployment.
Most Read Business Stories
- Tax season 2022: What to know about child credit and stimulus payments
- Some bosses want workers back in the office despite COVID. Here's why
- Is Norway the future of cars?
- Microsoft buys game maker Activision Blizzard for about $70B
- Trash left uncollected as Seattle-area sanitation workers join strike
Earlier this month, Lebanon’s Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil was quoted by a local newspaper as saying that the country may restructure its debt, leading to sell-off in Lebanese bonds.
He later clarified that Lebanon is committed to paying back all maturing debt.