Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, met today at Dar El-Fatwa with the candidate for premiership, Samir al-Khatib, who disclosed on emerging that the Mufti informed him of his support for Caretaker PM Saad Hariri to head the next government.
“His Eminence is a supporter of PM Saad Hariri, who is exerting efforts to advance Lebanon,” he said, adding that the Grand Mufti supports Hariri’s Arab and international role.
He added: “I learned from His Eminence that as a result of the meetings, consultations and contacts with members of the Islamic community, it was agreed to nominate PM Saad Hariri to form the next government.”
“Accordingly, I will head to Center House to meet with PM Hariri to inform him, because he was the one who named me,” stated Khatib, expressing gratitude for Hariri’s confidence in him.
Khatib indicated that the meeting with Mufti Derain was a chance to listen to his opinions, wisdom and directives during this difficult stage that Lebanon is going through, with emphasis on strengthening unity, closing of ranks and boosting national stands that are essential for building the state.
Source: National News Agency