AMAL, Hizbullah, FPM 'Reconcile' in Hadath Meeting

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A delegation of Hizbullah and AMAL lawmakers visited the municipality of Hadath on Friday to ease a row with the Free Patriotic Movement and the rising tensions among their supporters that almost threw the country off balance.

An expanded meeting held in Hadath (an FPM stronghold) brought together lawmakers and officials from AMAL, Hizbullah and the FPM in order to "strengthen national unity and coexistence."

George Aoun, the municipality chief of Hadath, began by saying: “We are proud to host members of one family. What happened was a mere summer cloud. We have managed together to stop sedition.”

A leaked video sparked three days of unrest and protests that involved gunfire and sectarianly-charged standoffs between supporters of Aoun and Berri outside the FPM's headquarters in Sin el-Fil and in the town of Hadath.

Hizbullah MP Ali Ammar said: “We are keen on reinforcing internal and national unity,” and stressed that the memorandum of understanding between Hizbullah and the FPM “still stands as long as blood flows in our veins.”

For his part, FPM MP Alain Aoun said addressing AMAL chief Speaker Nabih Berri, he said: “Your dignity is ours to matter, we are country partners and won't allow anything to bear upon the Lebanese arena.”

The meeting came one day after a gesture of goodwill when President Michel Aoun held phone talks with Speaker Nabih Berri during Prime Minister Saad Hariri's meeting with Aoun in Baabda and at the premier's request, according to reports.

A Presidency statement said Aoun's talks with Berri tackled “the repeated Israeli violations against Lebanon,” stressing that “the challenges we are facing require us to turn the page on what happened lately and to work hand in hand to achieve Lebanon's interest.”

The two agreed to meet on Tuesday “to mull the steps that should be taken to confront the repeated Israeli threats and discuss the general situations in the country.”

The Aoun-Berri spat initially erupted after the president and the premier signed a decree granting one-year's seniority to a number of officers. Berri and Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil insisted that the decree should have carried the finance minister's signature.

The crisis between the two parties deteriorated dramatically after the emergence of a leaked video showing Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil – Aoun's son-in-law calling Berri a "thug" during a closed meeting.

The footage drew the ire of Berri's aides and political allies, who lashed out at Bassil, with Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil calling the foreign minister “lowly” and a “political dwarf.”

SourceNaharnet
Comments 16
Thumb galaxy 02 February 2018, 12:49

birds of a feather flock together.

Thumb s.o.s 02 February 2018, 13:42

no more angry birds it seems :)

Thumb barrymore 02 February 2018, 14:38

angry shias though

Thumb s.o.s 02 February 2018, 15:47

Angry terrorists!

Thumb janoubi 02 February 2018, 13:19

"lover's spat"

Thumb barrymore 02 February 2018, 14:36

The Capital Beirut was terrorized for 3 days by thugs and no one was arrested. This is how the strong president, his strong party, strong army, and strong institutions apply the rule of law equally and without favoritism.

Thumb ashtah 02 February 2018, 14:45

while they kiss and make up, the reality is this:

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وزير الصناعة الحاج حسن بعد لقائه بري: العجز في الميزان التجاري بلغ 15 الى 16 مليار دولار، الصادرات انخفصت من 4.5 مليار الى 2.5 مليار دولار، البطالة بلغت 35% بصفوف الشباب و25% نسبة عامة في البلد.۔

Imagine unemployment has reached 35% and the trade deficit this year alone is 16 billion USD!

And then you have Hariri and Aoun speak of their achievements at every occasion.
Alas!

Thumb whyaskwhy 02 February 2018, 15:08

Ashta your average Lebanese voter cannot spell deficit yet will argue for an hour and a half that his "Basha or shiekh" walks on water. The quisling president and pretty much the majority of his entourage are in this venture purely for power and money. This means that their priority is to enrich themselves further at the cost of the nations welfare. So if the nation has the ability to borrow money they will insure it gets done and we the people can manage the debt. There is no political programs for the nation and from the news above integrity is bought and sold at the market price. The elections will allow the quisling government further business continuity and further debt which again your average voter will only be too happy to provide them as again he/she has no concept of what hes getting into.

Thumb lebnani4ever 02 February 2018, 18:33

How much is a pound of integrity now-a-days?
You hit the nail on the head.

Thumb ex-fpm 02 February 2018, 15:29

ashtah:

Add to that Lebanon's total debt has reached $86 billion and we still have no electricity and the minister of electricity just renewed the leasing of power generating ships at a cost higher than building power plants.

and if you ask any fpm'er, he would confidently tell you it is Rafik Hariri's fault:)

Thumb insider 02 February 2018, 15:37

you mean the same rafik hariri who was assassinated 12 years ago this month?!

Thumb s.o.s 02 February 2018, 15:47

Hariri c’est finil, Aoun too.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 02 February 2018, 16:58

Bassil : the FPM is seeking to become “the third Shiite movement” in the country.
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/230633

Thumb warrior 02 February 2018, 22:27

well, they succeeded:)

Thumb lebnani4ever 02 February 2018, 18:34

And the idiot escapes unscathed. WOW

Thumb lebnani4ever 02 February 2018, 18:35

Thank you father Michel