A delegation of Lebanese Hizbullah said after talks with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi in Bkirki that granting the Lebanese a new government is still possible because all those concerned with the formation of the government are exerting serious efforts.
Lebanese media reported that the delegation saw no foreign obstacles and the latest endeavor was marred by a flaw. And noting that it is still possible to give Lebanon a government as a “holidays gift,” the Hizbullah delegation said all parties have “positive intentions” and that “the flaw is being addressed.”
As for the relation with the Free Patriotic Movement, the delegation stressed that it is “at its best.”
The delegation was led by Mahmoud Qmati, the deputy head of Hizbullah’s political council.
The latest hurdle delaying the cabinet’s formation is a standoff over the sixth Sunni minister.
The Hizbullah-backed Consultative Gathering, a grouping of six Sunni MPs, has insisted on getting a seat in the new government. A dispute over the political alignment of Jawad Adra has however torpedoed the latest effort and the mediation is underway to find an alternative solution.