Hariri Says to Cooperate with Everyone for Country’s Interest

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, center, meets with Prime Minister-Designate Saad Hariri, right, and Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct, 22, 2020. Lebanon's president Michel Aoun asked former premier Saad Hariri to form the country's next government Thursday after he secured enough votes from lawmakers - bringing back an old name to lead the country out of its dire political and economic crises. (Anwar Amro, Pool via AP)

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri hinted Thursday that he intends to cooperate with all parties in the coming period.

“If the country’s interest requires an understanding with everyone, then the country’s interest should come first,” Hariri told reporters.

Asked about the “positivity” he showed today, Hariri said “it’s the beginning.”

Hariri was earlier in the day designated by President Michel Aoun to form a new government after securing slim support from members of parliament.

He vowed to stop the economic, social and security meltdown and rebuild after the port explosion. “I say to Lebanese who are suffering hardship to the point of despair, I am determined to keep my promise,” he said.



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