Berri, Hariri and Jumblat Hold Evening Meeting in Clemenceau
A meeting was held Sunday evening at the residence of head of the Democratic Gathering bloc MP Walid Jumblat in Clemenceau in the presence of Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, MP Wael Abu Faour and Taymour Jumblat, al-Joumhouria daily reported Monday.
According to a statement released by the Progressive Socialist Party media office, the two-hour meeting “included a review of the local situation and the regional developments, as it stressed the need to make every effort to maintain stability and fortify the national arena against all threats to the homeland and activating the work of institutions in the interest of the homeland and citizens.”
Circles close to the interlocutors told the daily that they “have been preparing for the meeting for some while,” and that “the atmospheres were positive and friendly.”
As for the goals, the sources stressed on condition of anonymity saying “the meeting is not directed against anyone, but was dictated by the need to meet. Several internal issues were addressed including the elections' file.”
They stressed that Berri, Hariri and Jumblat's “main concern is the country's interest and the need to take the edge off political rhetoric, including the need for coordination between political parties on all internal files mainly the ones of priority.”
In that regard, Jumblat took to Twitter and said about the meeting: “A gathering of dialogue, consensus and agreement on the need for stability, and realistic approach of things. Immunization of Lebanon must remain a priority above all else.”