US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged Lebanon's political leaders to help form a new government to meet the needs of its people after Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned following mass protests against the ruling elite.
"The peaceful demonstrations and expressions of national unity in the past 13 days have sent a clear message. The Lebanese people want an efficient and effective government, economic reform and an end to rampant corruption," Pompeo said in a statement.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday submitted his resignation to President Michel Aoun. "I do not hide you, I have reached a dead end and it has become a great shock to confront the crisis," he said. Lots of Lebanese who took to the squares to demand change. "
After the speech, Hariri traveled to the Baabda Presidential Palace where he met for a few minutes in which he formally resigned and went out without making any statement.