BEIRUT, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese President Michel Aoun warned on Monday that political differences may threaten national unity, sovereignty and independence.
The president also called for an urgent national dialogue that transcends political differences, according to a statement by Lebanon's Presidency.
"The dialogue concerns us all and its goal is not to achieve a partisan or personal interest," Aoun noted.
He explained that the national dialogue would address three matters: expanded administrative and financial decentralization, a defense strategy to protect Lebanon and a financial and economic recovery plan that includes essential reforms and the equitable distribution of losses of the financial sector.
Lebanon is going through its worst financial crisis as the government has been incapable of adopting practical solutions because of differences among political parties on issues such as the investigation into the Beirut port blasts and the diplomatic crisis with Gulf countries.