Bassil-led FPM delegation meets with Daryan at Dar al-Fatwa


A Free Patriotic Movement delegation led by FPM chief Jebran Bassil held talks Tuesday at Dar al-Fatwa with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan, three days after the latter presided over a broad Sunni meeting.

“We witnessed at the Dar al-Fatwa meeting patriotic stances on which all Lebanese agree. We came here to stress that we stand by the mufti in all the remarks that were voiced, especially as to the constitution and the Taef Accord in terms of decentralization, the creation of a senate and the abolition of sectarianism,” Bassil said after the talks.

“There is no dispute over Lebanon’s Arab identity and we’re convinced that Lebanon requires permanent embracement from the Arab countries,” Bassil added.

“Preventing their interference in our affairs obliges us to reject interference in the affairs of any of them,” Bassil went on to say, referring to the Arab nations.

As for the presidential election juncture, the FPM chief warned that vacuum would be “lethal for Lebanon.”

“We stressed to the mufti that we have presented an alternative approach that is at our expense, but without giving up the president’s popular representation, whether directly or through support, which obliges us to reach consensus in parliament in order to elect a president,” Bassil added.