Hariri Returns to Beirut, Holds ‘Positive’ Meeting with Berri


Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri returned Monday to Beirut from the United Arab Emirates.

Shortly after his return, Hariri visited Ain el-Tineh for talks with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, the state-run National News Agency said.

The meeting kicked off the first phase of the Berri-led mediation that is aimed at expediting the new government’s formation.

Hariri left the meeting without making a statement but TV networks described the talks as “positive.”

“Berri has laid out the main characteristics for the line-up’s format: a 24-seat government comprised of nonpartisan specialists and efforts are underway to find a format for the naming of the two remaining (Christian) ministers,” al-Jadeed TV reported, adding that there was “optimism” in Ain el-Tineh after the meeting.



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