Lebanon’s Bassil says Aoun-Hariri partnership will lead to government

: The partnership between Lebanon’s president and designated prime minister, along with the national consensus, “will certainly lead to the formation of a new government, despite all obstacles”. (File/AFP)
Updated 12 December 2018
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Lebanon’s Bassil says Aoun-Hariri partnership will lead to government

  • Gebran Bassil, a member of President Michel Aoun’s party, was speaking at an investment conference in London
  • Lebanon’s political parties have failed to form a new government since a general election that was held in May

LONDON: The partnership between Lebanon’s president and designated prime minister, along with the national consensus, “will certainly lead to the formation of a new government, despite all obstacles,” its foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Gebran Bassil, a member of President Michel Aoun’s party, was speaking at an investment conference in London where Prime Minister-designate Saad Al-Hariri is due to speak later on Wednesday. Lebanon’s political parties have failed to form a new government since a general election that was held in May.


Kuwait’s emir in Baghdad amid regional tensions

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Kuwait’s emir in Baghdad amid regional tensions

  • This is the first official visit by the emir of Kuwait since 2012
  • KUNA said the meeting will focus on regional developments

BAGHDAD: Kuwait’s emir has arrived in Iraq for a rare official visit to the neighboring country amid rising tensions in the Arabian Gulf between Washington and Tehran.

Iraq’s President Barham Saleh received Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah at Baghdad’s airport on Wednesday.

Kuwait news agency KUNA said the visit, the first since 2012, will focus on regional developments in the wake of attacks on oil tankers last week near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Washington, which has accused Iran of carrying out the attacks on the oil tankers, has dispatched warships and bombers to the region and is sending 1,000 more troops to the Mideast. Iran denies it is behind the attacks.