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Bassil to Austrian Counterpart: To Join Efforts for Return of Refugees

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil met on Monday with his Austrian counterpart Karin Kneissl where they highlighted cooperation for the return of refugees back Syria, the National News Agency reported.

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Report: FPM Says ‘Ball in Premier's Court’ after Majority Govt. Proposal

The Free Patriotic Movement said on Monday that “the ball is in PM-designate Saad Hariri’s court now” after President Michel Aoun’s proposal to form a majoritarian government that raised criticism of several political parties, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

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Berri Commends Bassil’s Reaction to Israel's Missile Claims

Speaker Nabih Berri commended the reactions of caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil following Israeli allegations that Hizbullah has missile sites near Beirut’s airport.

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Lebanon Invites Ambassadors to Tour of 'Hizbullah Missile Site'

The Lebanese Foreign Ministry has invited all foreign ambassadors in Lebanon to a meeting Monday afternoon at its premises.

The National News Agency said the meeting at 3:00 pm will be dedicated to “listening to the Ministry's response to the allegations of (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the missile sites.”

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Muallem: Relation with Aoun, Others Good but Previous Equation Will Change

Damascus has a “good relation” with President Michel Aoun and other Lebanese forces but the “previous equation” of the relation with Lebanon “will change,” Syria's top diplomat has said.

“There is a good relation with President Aoun,” Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said in an interview on Russia's RT television.

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Mustaqbal MP Says Aoun, Bassil Can Resolve 'Christian, Druze Hurdles'

A Mustaqbal bloc lawmaker has noted that President Michel Aoun and Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil can resolve the so-called Christian and Druze obstacles hindering the formation of the new government.

In an interview with al-Jadeed television, MP Sami Fatfat said Aoun can resolve the Christian hurdle in connection with the Lebanese Forces' demands and Bassil can address the Druze problem through respecting the demands of Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat.

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Dar al-Fatwa Denies Calling Meeting over Aoun's 'Majority Govt.' Suggestion

The press office of Dar al-Fatwa, Lebanon's highest Sunni Muslim authority, denied Sunday that the institution had called for an “urgent and quick meeting to respond to the majority government proposal.”

“What is being circulated in this regard is totally baseless and any Dar al-Fatwa statement would be exclusively issued by the press office,” it said.

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Formation Progress Ruled Out amid Efforts to Convene Caretaker Cabinet

No positive development is expected in the government formation process in the near future, media reports said.

Ruling out that Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri would present a format different than the one he submitted to President Michel Aoun three weeks ago, sources following up on the negotiations said "there are no indications of a meeting between them in the few coming days."

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Hariri, Shiite Duo Prefer Unity Govt. as LF, PSP Hold Their Ground

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and the Hizbullah-AMAL Shiite alliance are not in favor of the formation of a so-called “majority government,” media reports said.

“Hariri is insisting on a consensual government and the majority government proposal has no place in the current process,” informed political sources told An Nahar daily in remarks published Sunday.

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Shehayyeb Meets Geagea in Maarab: Druze Obstacle Only Exists in Some Minds

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea received at his residence in Maarab MP Akram Shehayyeb dispatched by Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.

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