President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri held an impromptu meeting over the weekend to discuss the latest developments in the formation of the new government.
“They had dinner alone at one of the restaurants [in Zaitunay Bay], and it was a chance to discuss the current situation and developments in the government formation [process],” a statement from the presidency said.
Aoun and Hariri’s meeting came after the two leaders attended a ceremony celebrating the 157th anniversary of the Internal Security Forces.
During the ceremony, the president commended the ISF for its hard work and success over the years.
“Security and stability are the foundation of prosperity, and if there is no security and stability, no tourist will come and no factory will be built, so we are always working to establish security and stability in Lebanon,” Aoun said during his speech in Downtown Beirut.
He added: “We thank God that the security situation is stable, but few are aware of where we were and where we are now.”
But the president noted that security and stability aren’t enough. “We have to comfort the people mentally,” he said, adding that the media has a responsibility in this regard. “Because if we are pessimistic about every step we make, this proves that we have become a people who have lost confidence and are unable to escape crises.”
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