Lebanese MP hints at glimmer of hope over government formation

LONDON / BEIRUT — During a meeting in London, British Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs James Cleverly told Lebanese Ambassador to Britain Rami Morteza that a government in Lebanon needs to be formed as soon as possible.

“Lebanon is in crisis, and its leaders must make urgent reforms to stabilize it,” Cleverley said.

Jamil al-Sayed, a member of the Lebanese Parliament, said via Twitter that he was hopeful a new government would be formed soon.

He said that high-level U.S. contacts were made with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati to form the Lebanese government as soon as possible.

“There was also an intensive French endeavor in that regard which had resulted in a near-final understanding of a government of eight ministers for each group,” said al-Sayed.

“If Mikati goes to Baabda Palace tomorrow or the day after, we will witness the birth of the new government,” he proclaimed.