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Hezbollah Denies Placing Obstacles to Lebanese Government Formation

Hezbollah Denies Placing Obstacles to Lebanese Government Formation

Saturday, 6 February, 2021 - 08:30
Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem speaks in the Ghobeiry neighborhood of southern Beirut on May 13, 2016. AFP file photo

Hezbollah deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said Friday the party has placed no obstacles to the formation of a new government, adding that it will accept any agreement between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on the lineup.

“Hezbollah will be cooperative with any lineup, when submitted,” Qassem said in an interview with a radio station, adding that the party supports forming a cabinet as quickly as possible.

He pointed out that the main obstacle to the move is local, ruling out foreign interference.

He called for solving the dispute between the president and the premier-designate, and denied that Hezbollah had discussed with any party its alleged demand for a veto power in the new cabinet.

Iran or others have nothing to do with Hezbollah’s position on the government, he said.

Regarding a French initiative to end Lebanon’s cabinet stalemate, Qassem said President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to resolve the country’s main problems has been activated, but has no clear vision.

Meanwhile, Jaafarite Mufti Ahmad Qabalan called for a salvation cabinet instead of a confrontational government.

The same position was echoed by Amal Movement, which called for a national salvation government capable of implementing political reforms through the Taef Accord.

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