Report: Egypt, Arab League Join the Efforts to Solve Lebanese Govt Impasse


Lebanon is expected to receive this week the Arab League Assistant Secretary-General Hossam Zaki, and the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri who will relay a message from the Egyptian President to his Lebanese counterpart, media reports said on Tuesday.

Zaki is expected to arrive in Beirut on Thursday, according to reports. Meanwhile Shukri is to visit Beirut on Wednesday carrying a message from President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun.

In preparation for Zaki’s visit, caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab discussed the preparations with Ambassador Abdel-Rahman Al-Solh.

Cairo is joining the efforts aiming to facilitate the formation of a delayed government in Lebanon, since the resignation of Diab’s cabinet

The local TV channel MTV reported that Shukri will undertake an endeavor to overcome the obstacles facing the formation of a government. To this end, he will meet with a number of Lebanese figures, including Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri.

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Missing kazan 06 April 2021, 15:45

No doubt a government will one day be formed; but will it be the right government?- I doubt it.

Thumb 06 April 2021, 17:21

impasse (n.)
1763, "blind alley, dead end," from French impasse "impassable road; blind alley; impasse" (18c.), from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + passe "a passing," from passer "to pass" Figurative use (c. 1840) is perhaps from its use in whist. Supposedly coined by Voltaire as a euphemism for cul de sac.

... dans l'impasse de St Thomas du Louvre; car j'appelle impasse, Messieurs, ce que vous appelez cul-de-sac: je trouve qu'une rue ne ressemble ni à un cul ni à un sac: je vous prie de vous servir du mot d'impasse, qui est noble, sonore, intelligible, nécessaire, au lieu de celui de cul, ... (etc.) [Voltaire, "A Messieurs Les Parisiens"]