Lebanon Crisis: Did Hariri’s visit to Cairo contribute to transforming his position towards forming a government?

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  • Abdul Basir Hassan
  • BBC – Cairo

Saad Hariri and Sameh Shoukry

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Saad Hariri met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry

Prior to handing over a list of a new government formation under his leadership to Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri paid a lightning visit to the Egyptian capital Cairo on Wednesday, during which he met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the presence of the Egyptian Foreign Minister and the head of Egyptian intelligence.

After the meeting, the Egyptian presidency stated that Sisi affirmed Egypt’s full support for “Hariri’s political path, which aims to restore stability in Lebanon and deal with the current challenges, as well as efforts to form a government.”

The Egyptian presidency statement added that Sisi also stressed the “importance of everyone’s concerted efforts to settle any differences in this context to get Lebanon out of the situation it is currently suffering from, by upholding Lebanon’s national interest.”

The Hariri-Sisi meeting in Cairo is the second of its kind since the first was tasked with forming a new government in Lebanon to succeed the caretaker government headed by Hassan Diab, which resigned on August 10, 6 days after the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut.





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