Egypt FM meets with Clinton over Lebanon government collapse

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit expressed concern over Lebanon's government collapse when 11 ministers resigned Wednesday.

Joined by one independent minister, ten ministers from Hezbollah-dominated March 8 coalition resigned, causing the necessary 11-member shortfall to dissolve the cabinet.

The Lebanese opposition, led by Hezbollah, announced the failure of the Saudi-Syrian initiative to settle disputes in the unity government regarding the international tribunal that is investigating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assasination.

In Abul Gheit's meeting with his US counterpart Hillary Clinton in Doha Wednesday, both expressed appreciation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's efforts to avoid a potential crisis.

Hossam Zaki, a foreign ministry spokesman, said in a statement Thursday that Abul Gheit and Clinton had met on the sidelines of the seventh Forum for the Future held in Doha.

The two discussed the potential effect of the collapse on the stability of Lebanon and the region, as well as the need to find a solution before the situation escalates, Zaki said.

Abul Gheit and Clinton agreed to continue searching for a way to help Lebanon preserve its stability.

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