Prime Minister designate Tammam Salam, right, receives U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly in Beirut, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly played an important role behind the scenes of the recent breakthrough on the Cabinet formation by drawing on his extensive experience and contacts in the region, diplomatic sources told The Daily Star recently.Plumbly himself has reportedly been in contact with several regional and international powers as well as with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to push toward consensus on the new Cabinet. Plumbly served as British ambassador to Riyadh, and consequently, his strong ties with officials there probably contributed to the success of his mission, the sources said.Western diplomats have been vocal about their insistence that a new Cabinet be formed, regardless of its exact name or formation.
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