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France ‘regrets’ Lebanon has not yet formed new government: Macron’s office

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France “regrets” that Lebanon has been unable to form a new government after a mass resignation in the wake of a deadly explosion in Beirut’s port last month, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Wednesday.

“It’s not too late,” the French statement said, after the expiry of a mid-September dateline set by Macron, who has set himself up as a broker for finding common ground among Lebanon’s rival political factions.

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The statement called on officials to help the premier-in-waiting Mustapha Adib “form a government that is up to dealing with the gravity of the situation.”

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Last Update: Wednesday, 16 September 2020 KSA 16:04 – GMT 13:04