Jumblatt says Berri a basic part of settlement, key partner in all aspects

Progressive Socialist Party Chief, Walid Jumblatt, stressed Sunday that House Speaker Nabih Berri is an essential part of any compromise and is a main partner in all matters.

Speaking on emerging from a meeting with Berri at Ain el-Teeneh this evening in the presence of former Minister and MP Ghazi Aridi, Jumblatt said: “We reviewed with Speaker Berri various hour issues, nothing new…”

Responding to a question whether Prime Minister Hariri is a key partner as well, Jumblatt said reassuringly “of course, of course.”

He added: “I heard the words of Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Dubai about reform, great, we are all with reform, but the key point in reform is electricity. We are told that there is an additional 800 billion pounds loan request…I think this is the wrong prelude to reform. This is all I have to comment and I will add nothing so as not to disturb the march of reform.”

Over the passing away of MP Robert Ghanem today, Jumblatt considered that Lebanon has lost a long-standing parliamentarian and constitutional figure, deeming his absence as a “huge loss of a genuine and ancient part of Lebanon.”

Source: National News Agency