PSP Delegation Meets Skaff: Dialogue Only Way to Return Situation back to Normal in Lebanonإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
A Progressive Socialist Party delegation held talks on Friday with Popular Bloc leader Elias Skaff to discuss the latest local and regional developments, including party leader MP Walid Jumblat's initiative to persuade political leaders to return to national dialogue.
Transportation and Public Works Minister Ghazi al-Aridi said after the meeting: “We were in agreement with Skaff over the importance of dialogue as the only way to return the situation in Lebanon back to normal.”
The delegation held talks with Skaff seeing as he is a member of national dialogue.
The talks also focused on the methods to resume the all-party talks.
Aridi stressed the importance of keeping local economic and social issues away from regional ones.
For his part, Skaff emphasized the importance of dialogue given the “difficult circumstances Lebanon is passing through and the severe divisions among its political powers.”
“The situation requires us to rise above personal interests in order to devise a roadmap that may lead to a productive and sound political life in Lebanon,” he remarked.
Jumblat's initiative, which he issued in November, focuses on the need for the return of all political powers to dialogue, ending any boycott, and halting the tense media exchanges between the rival factions.
The assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch chief Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan on October 19 further deepened the gap between the March 14 and 8 alliances.
The opposition boycotted political activity with its foes after it blamed Prime Minister Najib Miqati's government for covering up the crime, calling on it to step down and saying it would not sit at the same dialogue table with Hizbullah.
The PSP delegation has met with a number of officials and party representatives including President Michel Suleiman, Miqati, Speaker Nabih Berri, former Premier Omar Karami, Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, and Hizbullah, Jamaa Islamiya, Lebanese Democratic Party, and Lebanese Forces officials.