U.S. top diplomat calls Lebanon's failure to form government 'disappointing'

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) Global Emerging Technology Summit in Washington, DC, U.S. July 13, 2021. Jim Watson/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Lebanese politician Saad al-Hariri’s announcement on Thursday that he had abandoned a months-long effort to form a new government was a “disappointing development.”

“Leaders in Beirut must urgently put aside partisan differences and form a government that serves the Lebanese people,” Blinken said in a statement.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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