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FDP, Greens, SPD to enter official coalition talks for next German gov't

Berlin, Oct. 18 (UNI/XINHUA) The liberal FDP party has followed in the footsteps of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Greens by agreeing to enter into official coalition negotiations to form a new government, German media reported on Monday.
On Friday, the SPD was the first of the three parties to speak out in favor of negotiations. The Greens followed suit on Sunday, agreeing to negotiate the formation of a so-called traffic light coalition.
"One goal is pursued by all, that we will be finished before Christmas and have formed a new government," confirmed SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz, Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance, in an interview with public broadcaster ARD last week.
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Saudi Arabia appoints new Charge D'Affaires Ad Interim in Lebanon after scandal - Source

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Beirut, Dec 8 (UNI/Sputnik) Saudi Arabia has appointed Rajeh Otaibi as its new charge d'affaires ad interim in Lebanon, is arrival in Beirut is expected in the coming days, an official Lebanese source told Sputnik on Wednesday.

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