The new government could be formed in four or five days if the positive atmosphere persisted, House Speaker Nabih Berri said during a meeting with a student delegation of Saint Jospeh University (USJ) on Wednesday.


On the border talks held in Naqoura, Berri explained that such negotiations only aimed to clinch Lebanon’s rights to invest in its resources, renewing rejection that such talks lead to the normalization of ties with the Israeli enemy.


“I am upbeat about the future of Lebanon thanks to the enormous oil wealth it contains in its waters,” said the Speaker.


“The most important thing is not to give up, and to start the rescue process through fighting corruption and resuming the implementation of reform laws,” he added.


Tackling the regional situation, Berri expressed fear of a division scheme he deemed worse than the Sykes-Picot Agreement.


Separately, Berri met today with French Ambassador to Lebanon, Anne Grillo, who came to Ain-el-Tineh on a protocol mission upon her fresh diplomatic appointment in Beirut.


The pair reportedly discussed the current general situation and the Lebanese-French relations.


The Speaker later received a senior Russian delegation headed by Kremlin’s special envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev.


Source: National News Agency