Report: Hizbullah, Mustaqbal Hold Lengthy Meetings on Political Crisis

During talks with al-Mustaqbal Movement officials, Hizbullah has shown “flexibility” in approaching “any format” of Lebanon's dissociation policy “inspired by the ministerial statement that it had already approved,” al-Ittihad newspaper reported on Monday.

The newspaper said that lengthy consecutive meetings were held recently between Hizbullah secretary-general's political aide Hussein Khalil and Nader Hariri, senior aide of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, with the aim of finding common ground regarding the “dissociation policy concept.”

Al-Mustaqbal leadership has expressed “satisfaction regarding Hizbullah's cooperative” approach, added the daily.

It added that the argument that will be enclosed in the ministerial statement will be “clear-cut,” and keen on “appeasing Hariri.”

Political parties are working on resolving a political crisis that emerged following Hariri's surprise resignation on November 4 from Saudi Arabia.

Hariri had caused widespread perplexity when he resigned during a TV broadcast from Saudi Arabia, citing assassination threats and blasting the policies of Iran and Hizbullah in Lebanon and the region.

After a puzzling mini-odyssey that took him to France, Egypt and Cyprus, Hariri arrived back in Lebanon on November 21 and then announced that he was putting his decision to quit on hold ahead of negotiations.

But while Hariri and his Saudi backers seemed on a collision course with Hizbullah last month, an apparent behind-the-scenes deal now appears to be restoring the status quo.

The premier has called for dissociating Lebanon from the regional conflicts through ending Hizbullah’s involvement in them, revealing that “there is seriousness in the ongoing contacts and dialogues” and that the other parties seem to be inclined to accept his proposals.

Source: Naharnet, Agence France Presse

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