Berri welcomes Billingslea, calls for political solution in Syria

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nabih Berri, met this Thursday in Ain el-Tineh, with Assistant US Treasury Secretary for Counterterrorism Affairs, Marshall Billingslea and US the Ambassador to Lebanon, Elizabeth Richard, with talks featuring high on the situation in the region and the economic and financial conditions in Lebanon.

Berri stressed the need for a political solution in Syria, underlining “the importance of the laws adopted by the Parliament whether to fight the financing of terrorism or money laundering.”

He also highlighted the role played by the Governor of the Central Bank and the Lebanese judiciary in the implementation of these laws that can address any issue that may arise.

Speaker Berri later received the Election Supervision Authority headed by its president, Judge Nadim Abdul Malek, who presented the report on the elections and pinpointed the contradictions contained in the election law and the difficulties faced by the Authority, giving suggestions and recommendations that would address these contradictions and difficulties.

President Berri praised the work of the Authority, explaining that “the electoral law contains many gaps and contradictions, and those must be discussed and addressed.”

He reiterated that “the sectarian system is a form of stumbling block in the face of any reform,” noting that “the solution lies in [establishing] a civil State.”

The Seaker also underscored “the role of expatriates and their participation in the elections.”

Later on, Berri met with caretaker Minister of Telecommunications, Jamal Jarrah, and an Audit Bureau delegation headed by its President, Judge Ahmad Hamdan, who presented him with the annual report of the Bureau.

Source: National News Agency