Lebanon's recently-formed unity government held its first session at the Baabda Palace headed by President Michel Suleiman. Social Affairs Minister Salim al-Sayegh did not attend the session.
According to Naharnet, Information Minister Tarek Metri said after the meeting that President Suleiman congratulated the Lebanese people on the formation of the new government and praised the role played by PM Saad Hariri in the negotiations period.
Suleiman urged the need for a prompt wording of the cabinet's Policy Statement.
As for Hariri, he wished for the governmental launch to be able to satisfy the aspirations of the Lebanese people, adding that the national coalition government is an exception rather than a rule to build constitutional customs upon it. Metri quoted Hariri as saying he hoped to be someday in the opposition to practice its supposed role in any democratic regime.
Metri announced the members of the committee assigned to compose the cabinet's Policy Statement. The committee is formed of the ministers: Boutros Harb, Tarek Metri, Mohammed Fneish, Jean Ogassapian, Wael Abou Faour, Ziad Baroud, Jebran Bassil, Ali al-Shami, Charbel Nahas, Salim al-Sayegh, Raya al-Hafar, Youssef Saade. The committee will hold its meeting Wednesday, according to Metri.