France Welcomes Hariri’s Suggestion to End Govt. Stalemate


France’s foreign ministry welcomed on Wednesday a proposal made by ex-PM Saad Hariri to end the cabinet formation stalemate, describing his position as “responsible.”

It indicated in a statement that Lebanese parties should appreciate and understand the importance of Hariri’s declaration which represents an opening to form a government of mission.

“This is what the Lebanese, in addition to Lebanon's international partners, expect and everyone who wants, in good faith, to help it in these critical moments. France calls on Lebanese leaders to respect commitments they made to President Emmanuel Macron on September 1, with the sole end of meeting Lebanon’s urgent needs,” said the statement.

It added: "In coordination with its European and international partners, France will continue to stand by Lebanon and will ensure that the terms of international support for Lebanon are respected at every stage.”

It concluded that France encourages PM-designate Mustafa Adib to form a mission government as soon as possible, consisting of independent and competent personalities chosen by him.

Hariri said in a written statement Tuesday that he “decided to help Adib find an exit through naming an independent finance minister from the Shiite sect who would be chosen by him, similarly to the rest of ministers, on the basis of competency, integrity and non-partisanship.”

Adib has been unable to form a new cabinet, which is required to unlock billions of dollars in foreign aid, because of disagreements between political parties.

Adib's efforts have been effectively blocked by the two main Shiite groups in Lebanon's usual power-sharing arrangement -- Amal and Hizbullah.

Comments 5
Thumb lebanonforever 23 September 2020, 13:46

Dear France,

1. please keep Harriri, hes a failure and weak

Missing fuzzyd72 23 September 2020, 14:00

Dear France,

Please keep Lebanon, it's a failure and weak.

Thumb gebran_sons 23 September 2020, 14:55

A sad news. I wish Macron never came to Lebanon and Hariri stayed in Paris. It seems the only benefit of Macron initiative is to save the Shia duo and Useful Idiot that bankrupted Lebanon and insure their mafia system remains intact as well as Hizbollah occupation army.

Thumb canadianleb 23 September 2020, 15:37

I am sure he is recommending an honest finance minister that will no funnel funds to Harriris' failed businesses!!!

Missing rabiosa 23 September 2020, 17:04

As per usual, he folded like a cheap tent.

Just get out of political life Saad. You were never meant for it. Trying to save face so you like a statesman who cares for his country. There is no country. It's a jungle banana republic.

Stop appeasing. Nothing will ever change till the head of the snake is severed. That head is in Tehran.