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

French President Emmanuel Macron meets members of the military mobilised for the reconstruction of the port of Beirut, in Beirut, Lebanon, on September 1, 2020. (Reuters)

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