Lebanon's prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib said Thursday he was extending efforts to strike a deal on an emergency cabinet line-up despite missing a French deadline.
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"I am fully aware that we do not have the luxury of time," he said in a brief statement after meeting President Michel Aoun.
The deadline expired on Wednesday with no result, prompting Macron to voice his disappointment.
"I am counting on everyone's cooperation to form a government whose task will be to implement what was agreed upon with President Macron," said Adib.
The French leader, who travelled to Beirut twice since an August 4 port explosion disfigured the city, had demanded Lebanon's factions set no conditions on the line-up of the crisis government.
France had warned that the combined effects of one of the largest explosions in history and of a critical debt crisis posed an existential threat to the 100-year-old state.
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