Lebanese President Aoun says he has no intention of resigning

BEIRUT — On Monday, during a meeting with the National Council of Rally for Lebanon, Lebanese President Michel Aoun stated that he will not resign and will carry out his duties, stressing his keenness to continue fighting corruption.

Aoun expressed his hope to end the current crisis by forming a new government within the next few days and maintained he is committed to the ongoing struggle to rebuild Lebanon despite all difficulties.

The head of the visiting Rally for Lebanon delegation, Elie Haddad, stated the group stands by the President Aoun in his attempts to see Lebanon through its current crisis.

In related news, Aoun met with Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati to discuss the proposed ministerial names for the new government. A political source revealed positive developments in the government formation discussions between Aoun and Mikati despite the presence of some outstanding issues.

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea, after meeting with President Aoun, declared that every day that passes without the presence of a government able to implement reforms is another day descending into a humanitarian catastrophe.

She also noted that basic services level in the country have nearly collapsed.

The pair discussed the general situation in Lebanon in light of recent developments and efforts to form a government. She stressed that the U.S. and the international community will continue to support Lebanon but that a government must be formed as soon as possible.