Report: Al-Mustaqbal Keen to Continue Dialogue with Hizbullah
Nader Hariri, the adviser of the Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri, reportedly contacted Speaker Nabih Berri's aide Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil to confirm that dialogue with Hizbullah will not be suspended.
According to the pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat published on Saturday, Khalil briefed Berri on the telephone conversation with Hariri as the speaker was contacting Hizbullah's leadership to tackle the tension between the two parties.
Sources said that Berri's statement on Friday was to deny media reports saying that al-Mustaqbal movement is mulling to suspend talks over the recent verbal spat with Hizbullah officials.
The speaker stressed on Friday Friday that dialogue between the rival two parties will continue, pointing out that the upcoming session will remain on time.
“Dialogue will continue and will continue to achieve Lebanon's best interest,” Berri said.
Sources told the newspaper that Berri is seeking to defuse tension between the two parties after they were engaged in a war of words over the Saudi role in Yemen.
Officials from the two sides have been meeting in Ain el-Tineh under the auspices of Berri since December to defuse sectarian hostility linked to the war in Syria.
The upcoming session is set to be held on April 14.
Hariri on Wednesday had slammed Iran's expansionist plans in the region, defended Saudi Arabia, and attempts to link Lebanon to the neighboring conflicts, in direct response to a speech by Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
However, Hariri's statements prompted Hizbullah's Loyalty to the Resistance bloc chief MP Mohmmed Raad to condemn the remarks against the criticism directed to Saudi Arabia, saying that linking Iran to the developments in Yemen and Lebanon are a “major mistake.”
“Only ignorants and cowards remain silent over Saudi Arabia's genocide in Yemen,” he stressed.