Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri smiles while speaking to Russian foreign minister officials as he waits to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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The vacant presidency, deadlocked Parliament and paralyzed Cabinet are having dire consequences on socio-economic conditions in Lebanon, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned Wednesday.Speaker Nabih Berri has scheduled another election session for July 15 .Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, a member of Aoun's FPM, said after visiting Berri that the Cabinet could not draft an agenda for an upcoming session without consulting with his party.The meeting between Bassil and Berri was seen as a move to improve ties with the speaker, which have become strained in recent weeks.Although they are both members of the March 8 coalition, a number of disputes have emerged between Aoun and Berri. Sources close to Berri downplayed the significance of the meeting, saying Bassil visited the speaker with a delegation of six other foreign ministers, the EU deputy president, and Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby, who are all attending a conference of Arab-Mediterranean foreign ministers in Beirut.The sources said that Bassil and Berri did not discuss the political crisis.
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