France Pressures Lebanon Into Rebuilding Government, Forming New Cabinet

France has pressured Lebanese leaders once again to immediately form a new cabinet following yet another breakdown of talks between President Michel Aoun and prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri, on Monday.

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has resorted to personal phone calls with President Aoun, prime minister-designate al-Hariri and parliament speaker Nabih Berri urging them to end the seven-month political deadlock.

The deadlock further plunged the country into worsening conditions as it has recently seen the shutting down of one of its main power plants, when fuel supply ran out.

“The Minister deplored the months-long total deadlock in the discussions aimed at forming a government in Lebanon, at a time when the country continues to descend into a major economic, social, humanitarian and political crisis, for which the Lebanese people are paying the price every day,” said the statement by the ministry.

The ministry said, “the deliberate blocking of any prospect of a way out of the crisis, particularly from certain individuals in Lebanon’s political system, by ill-considered demands from another time, must end immediately.”

Le Drian also said that the European Union is now identifying leverage to step up pressure on those responsible for the current political impasse.

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