People walk outside Lebanon’s Central Bank in Beirut November 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi/File Photo

In an interview conducted on the sidelines of Davos this week, Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil boasted to CNN’s Becky Anderson that, despite his country’s chronic financial and political woes, he and his fellow Lebanese politicians can teach Washington and London “how to run a country without a budget.”

In the same breath, seamlessly transitioning from hubris to humility, Bassil pleaded for “Saudi Arabia and other countries to help Lebanon stay stable” by pledging additional financial aid.

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