BEIRUT: Lingering obstacles are still hampering the formation of the future government, Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam said Friday, while stressing he remained keen on reaching a breakthrough to the political crisis.
“We are still facing a lot of obstacles ... and if we listen to the statements of relevant political rivals, we can notice that they do not want to make things any easier,” Salam said after meeting with President Michel Sleiman at Baabda Palace.
“But I still say I will not give up on this responsibility until I am convinced that my efforts will lead to nowhere,” he added.
Salam has been trying since April to form a Cabinet, blaming the delay on conditions and counter-conditions set by rival parties.
Salam said that he would continue looking for a breakthrough to the Cabinet stalemate after the Eid al-Adha holiday next week.
“There are a lot of formulas being suggested but things are still not clear and I hope after Eid al-Adha that we can put extra efforts to form the new government,” he said.
Salam also stressed that he was still maintaining contacts with all parties over the formation of the new Cabinet, “especially with Speaker Nabih Berri.”
“I am open to everyone. I have said that right from the start and my mission might not be easy under the current circumstances but it should not be impossible.”