Berri: Lebanon Facing Major Economic Crisis, Iraq Could Mediate Saudi-Iran Reconciliation

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Speaker Nabih Berri held a meeting on Monday in Iraq with the Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in the presence of various political, religious and ethnic groups, media reports said.

Berri, who arrived in Baghdad on Sunday on an official visit, highlighted Israel’s violations of Lebanon’s land and maritime border, the “difficult” economic situation in the country and highlighted Iraq’s ability to mediate a reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

“The Israeli enemy has greed for our waters, but we will not give up one cup of it. That’s what I told the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. We were able to triumph over Israel because of our unity, and we were also capable of triumphing over Daesh and terrorism. Victory would have been very difficult if it was not for our unity,” Berri told the gatherers.

On the situation in Lebanon, he said: “The security situation is doing well. But the bigger problem today is the economic situation. Regardless of Lebanon’s sound monetary sector, the economic situation in the country is dangerous. We must find a way to reduce the public deficit, otherwise Lebanon will face negative consequences.”

On Iraq’s role in the region, the Speaker said: “One of the most important reasons for my visit to Iraq is that it is a national and religious duty, but it is also meant to say that Iraq can play a major and more effective role at the regional level.

“It can strengthen its opening-up policy, and play a bigger role in reconciliation even between Saudi Arabia and Iran, thus strengthening its internal front and its external role,” he said.

Berri arrived Sunday in Baghdad at the invitation of his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed al-Halbousi, who cut short a foreign trip in order to receive him.

Berri is scheduled to meet with the country’s top officials and with Shiite spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 6
Thumb thepatriot 01 April 2019, 10:30

We face a major Economical crisis, and it is probably because of the Israeli violation of our air space..

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 01 April 2019, 11:37

This thug is one of the main reasons Lebanon is facing a major economic crisis.

Thumb s.o.s 01 April 2019, 12:52

I'm about to transfer my savings outside Leb.

Thumb canadianleb 01 April 2019, 16:24

the main reason for the Economical crisis is the corrupted politicians who only care about filling their pockets and doing nothing to simulate the economy buy spending the money and long term projects that create jobs etc...

Thumb whyaskwhy 01 April 2019, 21:24

Another useless trip at the cost of the bankrupt nation. Now we hear Berry's PM mechanism claim Iraq could mediate between KSA and Iran. Oh yeah you and the raccoon in the picture above are capable of making that happen looool.

Thumb roflmfao 01 April 2019, 22:40

Dudes.. what the hell went on in that meeting.. look at them.. I've seen more jovial people.. at a funeral!..