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Lebanon's Hariri says failure of French initiative nothing to celebrate

FILE PHOTO: Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks to the media after a session of the United Nations-backed Lebanon Tribunal handing down a judgement in the case of four men being tried in absentia for the 2005 bombing that killed former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri and 21 other people, in Leidschendam, Netherlands August 18, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw/File Photo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Anyone celebrating the failure of a French initiative to get Lebanon’s fractious leaders to form a new government will regret wasting the opportunity, leading Sunni Muslim politician Saad al-Hariri said on Saturday.

“We say to those who applaud the collapse of French President Emmanuel Macron’s initiative today, that you will bite your fingers in regret,” he said in a statement.

Reporting by Beirut bureau; writing by Raya Jalabi; editing by Jason Neely