Adib Meets Aoun, Discusses Govt. Format ‘Ideas’

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In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, left, meets with Prime Minister-Designate Mustapha Adib, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Lebanese officials are holding eleventh-hour negotiations over the formation of a new government, a process which hit snags over the weekend despite a looming deadline to deliver on a promise made to French President Emmanuel Macron. (Dalati Nohra via AP)

Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Adib met Friday afternoon with President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Palace.

“I put the President in the picture of the consultations and we agreed to hold another meeting tomorrow at 11:00 am,” Adib announced after the 40-minute meeting.

The Presidency later announced in a tweet that Aoun and Adib “evaluated the outcome of the ongoing contacts,” noting that the PM-designate “did not present any government format or line-up vision” to Aoun.

TV networks had reported that Adib had arrived at the palace carrying a file for the first time since being named PM-designate. Al-Jadeed TV said the file detailed the sectarian distribution of the ministerial portfolios without the mention of any names.

MTV for its part said that Adib “did not carry a draft cabinet line-up to the Baabda Palace but rather some ideas that he discussed with the President.”

Adib had postponed Friday’s meeting from the morning until the afternoon.

The meeting with Aoun comes a day after the PM-designate met representatives of Hizbullah and Amal Movement in a bid to resolve the row over Shiite seats in the cabinet.

SourceNaharnet

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