BEIRUT, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon said on Friday that it will immediately pay its dues to the United Nations' (UN) operating budget to preserve the country's voting rights in the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the National News Agency reported.
"We have completed all the steps to pay the required amount to the UN. After contacting the prime minister and finance minister, it was found that the final payment process will be completed directly in a way that preserves Lebanon's voting rights in the UNGA," Lebanon's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The statement came after the UN said in a letter circulated Thursday that Venezuela, Lebanon, and South Sudan lost their voting rights in the 193-member UNGA as they did not pay their dues to the UN's operating budget.
Lebanon has been mired in a major financial crisis, which caused a significant impact on the country's various sectors.