December 3, 2019 / 4:19 PM / 11 days ago

CORRECTED-Lebanon's Bassil suggests government talks nearing "happy ending"

(Corrects day in lead to Tuesday)

BEIRUT, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Lebanon’s caretaker foreign minister, Gebran Bassil, said on Tuesday he hoped that difficult talks over forming a new government were nearing a “happy ending”.

Politicians must agree a new government to stave off even deeper economic crisis and attract foreign support. Talks have been in deadlock since Saad al-Hariri resigned as prime minister under pressure from an unprecedented wave of protests. (Reporting by Ellen Francis and Laila Bassam; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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