Hariri after meeting Berri: All should make sacrifices for sake of Lebanon, economy

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, on Tuesday emphasized the need to speed up government formation, urging all political sides to make sacrifices for the sake of Lebanon and its economy.

"Everyone needs to know that government formation is a priority," Premier Hariri said in the wake of his meeting with House Speaker NabihBerri at Ain el-Tineh residence.

"We see eye to eye with [Berri] about the need to expedite the formation of a new government and activate the economic cycle," Hariri told reporters, urging all Lebanon's political parties to rise above current disputes.

"We are in front of a golden opportunity to implement the CEDRE Conference and enact the necessary reforms," Hariri said, indicating that dispute over ministerial shares impede the government formation process.

"We agreed to work together and to diffuse polemics in a bid to expedite government formation," the PM said.

Hariri relayed Speaker Berri's keenness on a swift government formation.

Source: National News Agency