Bassil Meets Arslan after Hayek's 'Druze Martyrs' Remarks

Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil held talks Monday at the Foreign Ministry with Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan.

The meeting comes after Arslan was dismayed by remarks deemed insulting to the “Druze martyrs” of the civil war which have been voiced by senior FPM official Naji Hayek.

Arslan had called Bassil in recent days to protest the remarks, according to al-Akhbar newspaper.

“Bassil promised him to address the situation and they agreed on a meeting that would be held today at the Foreign Ministry,” al-Akhbar said.

Hayek had published a blistering Facebook post addressed to Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat.

“In 10 days, you and us will remember the monkeys that you sent to Souk al-Gharb on August 13, 1989 before Michel Aoun sent them back to you in sackcloth bags,” Hayek said.

His remarks sparked a storm of heated popular and political responses, with young men from the PSP blocking the road in Chouf in protest.

Arslan and Jumblat have also condemned Hayek's remarks.

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