Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil said on Wednesday that tampering with the Prime Minister was tampering with the tenure of President Michel Aoun, stressing the need for a “strong government and strong PM.”
"We want a strong government and a strong Prime Minister, and what tampers with the PM also tampers with the tenure," Bassil said in remarks made following his meeting with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdullatif Deryan in Dar-al-Fatwa.
"The issue is not related to the PM's powers; rather, there is a problem regarding representation," he added.
"The Mufti has a role to play in that respect. We are in a national crisis and need to hear the guidance of the Mufti," he stressed.
"It is time to talk behind closed doors to reach a solution," he proposed.
"I am upbeat that we are heading to a solution based on justice, correct representation and national agreement to solve the government formation hurdle," he said.
"We have principles regarding the solution so that it should not be a random one. If everybody is convinced about these principles, then we go to discuss the ideas," he added.
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