Hoss named new premier in Lebanon, voices unity of Syrian - Lebanese tracks
Lebanon, Politics, 12/3/1998
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has named economist Salim al-Hoss as the next prime minister of Lebanon. Hoss secured a majority of recommendations from the parliament after the current Premier Rafik Hariri bowed out over differences with Lahoud.
The Syrian news agency, SANA, said that the Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Salim al-Hoss has asserted his commitment to the unity of the Syrian and Lebanese tracks in order to reach a just and comprehensive peace in the region.
In a statement al-Hoss made on Wednesday following his meeting with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, al-Hoss called for the implementation of UN resolution 425, which provides for the unconditional withdrawal of the Israeli occupation forces from south Lebanon. He stressed his support for the Lebanese resistance until south Lebanon and its western Bekaa are liberated from the Israeli occupation.
Hoss expressed his hope of forming a Lebanese government that will be able to meet the challenges it faces, so as to comply with people's hopes and meet their needs.
He went on: "Matters the new government will face are to deal with the budget deficit and to work for returning the displaced to their homes."
He added that he will start two days of consultations with Lebanese parliamentarians as of today to listen to their views so as to decide the number of ministers in the new Lebanese Cabinet.
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