Macron, Hariri discuss Lebanon’s problems

Cairo: Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Saad Al Hariri has said he discussed with French President Emannuel Macron in Paris obstacles to the formation of a government in the crisis-beset country.

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In October, Al Hariri was designated for forming a new government that has been since in the throes of birth due to political rivalries.

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Lebanon has been in turmoil since last August when a deadly explosion hit the Beirut port and destroyed large parts of the city.

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In a series of tweets, Hariri said he and Macron had discussed France’s efforts to drum up international support for Lebanon following the formation of a new government capable of introducing necessary reforms to head off “economic collapse and rebuild” parts of the city devastated by the port blast.

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Al Hariri and Macron “discussed internal difficulties in Lebanon that hinders the formation of the government and possible ways to overcome them,” the premier-designate added, citing their two-hour talks in Paris. They also reviewed Hariri’s efforts to rally support for Lebanon.

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Macron visited Lebanon twice after the August blast. The French president is leading efforts to end the Lebanese crisis and prod the country’s rival politicians to adopt a reform-based roadmap.

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