Hariri to Quit Cabinet Formation if Le Drian Excludes Him from His Beirut Meetings
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However, the expected visit of the French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Beirut on Wednesday may alter the situation, according to the same sources.
Le Drian meetings, according to reports, will be with President Michel Aoun and House Speaker Nabih Berri exclusively, which angered various parties concerned the cabinet formation, including mainly the premier-designate Saad Hariri.
Al-Manar sources noted that Hariri is seriously mulling the choice of quitting the cabinet formation if Le Drian excludes him from his meetings in Beirut, adding that this would complicate the governmental deadlock.
On October 22, Hariri was designated by Aoun to form the new government after 65 out of 128 MPs nominated him in the binding parliamentary consultations. However, the two officials have so far failed to agree on a government formula.