Jumblat Meets Hariri, Calls on Bassil Not to 'Destroy Economy'


Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat on Wednesday held talks with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri after which he lashed out at caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil.

“There is not a single country in the world... in which an official declares that this country is facing economic collapse due to the presence of refugees or other issues. This is a dangerous disease when one manipulates people's sentiments. It is dangerous to hold TV or radio interviews to attack the Lebanese economy and preach that the economy is on the verge of collapse,” Jumblat said.

Turning to the issue of the cabinet formation process, Jumblat said Hariri is exerting utmost effort to reach the “right formula.”

“We did not discuss portfolios. We only discussed our political and popular right to be represented,” he added.

Asked about offering possible concessions, Jumblat said he told President Michel Aoun that he cannot “make settlements” over the “Druze share” in the new government.

Responding to a question about Bassil's performance, especially regarding the cabinet formation process, Jumblat said: “It would be better if Minister Bassil would focus on foreign affairs instead of talking about the economy and destroying the economy.”

Comments 3
Thumb janoubi 11 July 2018, 23:50

في السابق؛ كان يجب على اللبنانيين أن يتحملوا تعطل تشكيل أية حكومة إذا لم يسمَ جبران باسيل وزيرا أو لم يسم في الحقيبة التي يرضاها (حكومات الحريري وميقاتي وسلام)؛ أما وقد صار رئيسا للتيار، وفائزاً بالبرلمان، وعمه رئيساً للبلاد؛ فعلى اللبنانيين أن يتقبلوا شروطه في تشكيل “حكومة العهد”، ويتفهموا تدخلاته في تمثيل الطوائف، ويتحملوا تداعيات تنصله من توقيعه على اتفاق معراب.
جبران باسيل وزير كل الحكومات منذ العام 2008، ووزير كل الوزارات منذ العام 2009، ووزير رئاسي منذ العام 2016، ووزير مختص بتشكيل الحكومة في العام 2018.. والحق على من جعله كذلك.

Thumb tric.portugal 12 July 2018, 02:03

Jumbalah and Hariri united against Bassil !!!??? Druzes of Meca...

Thumb whyaskwhy 12 July 2018, 21:24

Sounds like you are confused again, I don't beleive SOS belongs to the Kizballah movement ya Hussien...