Hariri vows to include Hizbullah in new cabinet
Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri slammed Israel, vowing that Hizbullah will be part of the new government "whether the enemy likes it or not." "I want to assure the Israeli enemy that Hizbullah will be in the government, whether the enemy likes it or not, because the interests of the country require that we all take part in this government," Hariri said late Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Beirut over Hizbullah's participation in the upcoming Cabinet, saying the new Lebanese government would be held responsible for any military attempts by the Shiite group.
According to Naharnet, Hariri said regarding the cabinet lineup that each political party is "entitled to take its own stances and submit its proposals, yet the formation process is constitutionally associated to the PM-designate in cooperation with the President."
He stressed that consultations over Cabinet formation need quiet dialogue. "I see a need for dialogue since matters that bring us together are far more than what divides us," Hariri said.