Report: Miqati Counting on French Pressure on Aoun and His Camp

Paris has urged PM-designate Najib Miqati to wait and not resign to allow it to resume its efforts with President Michel Aoun and his political camp to press them to facilitate his mission, a prominent parliamentary source said.

“Miqati is in contact with the members of the French team tasked by President Emmanuel Macron to follow up on the formation consultations” between Aoun and Miqati, the source told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in remarks published Monday.

“Miqati is counting on the resumption of the French intervention as of today,” the source added, noting that the PM-designate “has received guarantees from Paris that it will carry on with its initiative to rescue Lebanon through the formation of a mission-driven government,” the source went on to say, adding that France will exert “strong” pressures on Aoun and his camp.

The source also revealed that Speaker Nabih Berri has also encouraged Miqati to be patient in order to give a chance to the consultations.

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