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Hezbollah delegation to visit Moscow in new push for Lebanon government formation

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Date of publication: 11 March, 2021

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A Hezbollah delegation is due to visit Russia’s capital on Monday, as Moscow attempts to mediate the formation of a Lebanese government
A Hezbollah delegation will visit Moscow next week, at the invitation of the Russian government, in a bid to form a new Lebanon government, local media have reported.

Monday's visit will be lead by Mohammed Raad, the head of Hezbollah's political wing, Al-Wafa, while the movement's international relations official, Ammar Al-Mousawi, will also attend.

The visit comes days after Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate, Saad Hariri, met with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Analysts say Russian-Lebanese meetings indicate Moscow's will for the establishment of a new Beirut government, which has been stalled for months and contributed to the country's economic hardships.

Hariri warned on Saturday that Lebanon was quickly headed toward chaos and appealed to politicians to put aside their differences to allow for the formation of a new government and allow international assistance.

Hariri was named to form a new government in October but five months later disagreements between him and President Michel Aoun on the shape of the cabinet has stood in the way.

Lebanon has also been in desperate need of foreign currency, but international donors have said they will only help the country if major reforms are implemented.

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