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Friday 1 February 2019 - 22:22
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Iran welcomes new Lebanese govt., vows support

Press TV - Iran has welcomed the formation of a new government headed by Prime MinisterSaad Hariri in Lebanon after anine-month deadlock and reiterated its support for the country's security.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran congratulates the Lebanese government and people on the formation of a new government in Lebanon, which is the result of empathy and understanding among all Lebanese tribes and groups," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Friday.

The breakthrough cameafter rival factions worked out a compromise allowing representation of Sunni lawmakers backed by the Hezbollah resistance movement.

Rival political groups hadbeen locked in disagreement over the make-up of a new government since May, after the countrys first parliamentary elections in nine years.

Qassemi said the present success is not limited to the formation of the government.

"Itis rather a sign of the will of a nation and its leaders to draw their future within the framework of independence with unity, consensus and empathy andwithout any foreign coercion and pressure," he said.

Iran, he said, "reiterates itssupport for Lebanon's stability and security and hopes that the formation of the Lebanese government will opena new stage in the country and lead to further proximity amongall political currents and pave the way forLebanon's development and prosperity."

Lebanon's presidency announced anew government make-up on Thursday, marking an increase in the number of ministries affiliated with the Lebanese national resistance.

Hariri, whohas headed the outgoing government since 2016,called the new government a reflection of Lebanons image in 2019.

Lawmakers had failed to form a government since the May parliamentary elections which saw Hezbollah and its political allies secure over half the seats and parties close to Saudi-backed Hariri make major losses.

The new cabinet is now expected to introduce reforms aimed at dealing with corruption and fixing its ailing electricity sector.

Lebanon is facing deepening economic woes and Hariri told reporters the economy will be priority. There isnt any more time to waste, he said.
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