Miqati Says Cabinet Formation Making ‘Slow Progress,’ Syria Not Meddling


Premier-designate Najib Miqati has stressed that Syria wasn’t interfering in the cabinet formation process and said his efforts were making a “slow progress.”

“Syria has never interfered,” Miqati told An Nahar daily in remarks published Monday.

Asked about reports that March 8 officials were bickering with him over cabinet seats and shares, the prime minister-designate said: “There are (different) points of view and I am seeking to come up with a cabinet line-up that comforts everyone.”

“I might not be able to satisfy everyone but I will seek for a balanced government that satisfies the Lebanese people and brings the appropriate person for the appropriate post,” he said.

“I am making every effort” to form the government, Miqati told An Nahar, saying in response to a question about the possibility of giving up his mission that he hasn’t despaired.

While reiterating that he “wasn’t pessimistic,” he urged the Lebanese people to “bear (with him) a little.”