Caretaker Minister of Information, Ziad Al-Makary, on Monday disclosed during a visit to Al-Mayadeen news channel “some positive indicators leading to the formation of a new Lebanese government before the end of President Michel Aoun’s term.”
“We are a country full of surprises, but there are serious indications of progress surrounding efforts and contacts en route to the formation of a new government during the last two weeks of President Aoun’s term; of course, this matter is subject to modification or change —according to the political circumstances —as all the Lebanese, especially the political class, are expressing fear of a long presidential vacuum,” Makary said.
The Information Minister also expressed his “fear of the possibility of linking presidential elections to maritime demarcation, Vienna conference, or other regional issues. We hope that the presidential election will be handled with a hundred percent Lebanese option.”
Moreover, the Minister of Information denied his knowledge of any data on a likely international trusteeship of the Lebanese sea.
“There are many positive signs that an agreement will be reached soon over maritime demarcation. As a matter of fact, I did not have the time to meet with any of the concerned officials to discuss the matter with them, however, I plan to contact those involved, especially that it is my duty as Information Minister to be honest with the Lebanese regarding the course of negotiations. There’s always fear concerning everything in Lebanon, but we are absolutely against any international guardianship to be imposed by any side,” Makary explained.
After a meeting with the director of “Al-Mayadeen” news channel, Ghassan Ben Jeddo, Minister Makary wished of media outlets in Lebanon to follow the example of “Al-Mayadeen” news channel, especially in terms of keeping pace with developments and modernity in various fields.