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.


An explosion heard in the vicinity of Syria’s Damascus

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An explosion heard in the vicinity of Syria’s Damascus

An explosion was heard Sunday in the south of the Syrian capital Damascus, with preliminary reports suggesting it was a "terrorist act", state television said.
"Explosion heard around the southern highway in Damascus area, first reports suggest a terrorist act," the broadcaster said.