Libano: Aoun envoy in Paris after U.S. sanctions, media

No sign of formation of government entrusted to Adib

11 September, 17:59

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, SEPTEMBER 11 - The process of formation of the new Lebanese government appears to be at a standstill. No sign has yet come from designated premier, Mustafa Adib, who is reportedly engaged in ''talks'' between the sides, according to local media close to Adib and President Michel Aoun who had promised, together with other Lebanese leaders, to French President Emmanuel Macron to announce the new cabinet by September 15.

    Meanwhile press reports said a presidential envoy, Lebanese General Abbas Ibrahim, has travelled to Paris. Ibrahim is the head of General security and a leading figure behind the scenes in Lebanon. He travelled to Paris Thursday and met with Bernard Emié, the head of the general directorate on foreign security, the French foreign security service. Ibrahim's visit to France takes place two days after the imposition of new US sanctions on two politicians allied to Hezbollah, who are present in the current government. Ibrahim has been alleged by several sources to be also close to the Shiite movement. According to Lebanese media, his visit has the objective of understanding whether France is acting together with the United States in putting pressure on Hezbollah or whether President Emmanuel Macron means to pursue his policy of dialogue with all Lebanese sides to reach as soon as possible the creation of a new government.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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