Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam, right, receives U.S. ambassador to Lebanon David Hale in Beirut, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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A source familiar with the issue of the Cabinet formation said U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale had met with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Paris a few days ago.The source said there was a more positive attitude in Lebanon concerning the formation of a government, adding that he believed the closest scenario was a government being formed this week without the support of all parties, which will likely prompt ministers loyal to FPM to withdraw.Other sources familiar with the issue said political efforts were moving toward the creation of a balanced and fair government that would work along the path of regional and international consensus and would hopefully reflect positively on Lebanon, especially in light of the deteriorating security situation.Sources close to the president and to Salam said both political leaders had been called upon to use regional tension as a prompt to solve their internal affairs through the quick formation of an inclusive government.
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