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.


US sanctions over Iran oil will ‘intensify Mideast turmoil’: China

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US sanctions over Iran oil will ‘intensify Mideast turmoil’: China

  • White House was ending waivers that had exempted several countries from unilateral US sanctions on Iranian oil exports
  • China is a major importer of Iranian oin

BEIJING: China warned Tuesday that the US decision to impose sanctions on buyers of Iranian oil will “intensify turmoil” in the Middle East and in the international energy market.
The White House announced Monday it was calling an end to six-month waivers that had exempted several countries — including major importer China — from unilateral US sanctions on Iranian oil exports.
“China firmly opposes the US implementation of unilateral sanctions and its so-called long-armed jurisdiction,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.
“The relevant move by the United States will intensify the turmoil in the Middle East and the turmoil in the international energy market.”
In seeking to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero, the Trump administration is targeting the country’s top revenue earner in its latest no-holds-barred move to crush the economy and scale back the clerical regime’s influence.