Clemenceau Talks Reportedly Focused on 'Reining in Bassil's Performance'

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The tripartite meeting in Clemenceau between Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Druze leader MP Walid Jumblat focused on “reining in the performance of Minister Jebran Bassil,” a media report published Thursday said.

“Dismayed by Bassil, Berri and Jumblat organized the meeting to prevent reaching a real clash, especially after Bassil boasted about 'Lebanese racism',” al-Joumhouria newspaper reported.

“This boasting pushed a lot of leaders to warn over the level that could be reached should this rhetoric and behavior continue,” the daily added.

The conferees also discussed “the FPM's excesses that are being practiced by Bassil, noting that Bassil's performance that is backed by President Michel Aoun evokes the pre-Taef Accord era,” al-Joumhouria said.

“One of the conferees held PM Saad Hariri responsible for Bassil's breach of domestic balances, lamenting that the FPM-Mustaqbal Movement alliance has turned into an FPM hegemony,” the daily added.

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