Hariri Says Will Resume Govt. Formation Efforts after London Visit

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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said from London that he will resume the efforts to resolve the government formation deadlock after he returns from his trip that kicked off on Wednesday to partake in the Lebanese-British investment forum.

“We will resume work on government formation after my return to Lebanon," Hariri's press office statement said.

"I am optimistic. The President of the Republic is making important contacts. I am making contacts, with (Foreign) Minister Jebran Bassil, and we are all cooperating to solve this problem. I will meet with some of the political parties when I return, to solve this issue,” said Hariri at a reception hosted in his honor by the Lebanese Ambassador Rami Mortada at the embassy, in the presence of Bassil.

“Many things must be solved in Lebanon, and CEDRE (investment conference) is the means that will enable us to overcome the economic situation we are currently experiencing. We are carrying out the reforms that we have to carry out, because Lebanon cannot continue in the old way of work. We have laws that go back to 50 years, so we have to modernize them especially as the private sector today is completely different from what it was in the past,” he said.

“We take time to form a government, but these complications are sometimes experienced by most democracies in the world. We have come to show the real face of Lebanon. I will work day and night for that, and for the development of our country, and President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri are very keen to implement all of the provisions of CEDRE with the reforms it contains,” added Hariri.

“I am determined to form a national unity government. There are political differences as in any democratic system. We must put our differences aside and focus on the interest of the country,” Hariri concluded.

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