Berri: Extremism manifestations have no room in Lebanon

Berri: Extremism manifestations have no room in Lebanon

Tue 08 Jul 2014 at 15:28

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NNA – Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, met on Tuesday at Ain-el-Tineh with Minister of Agriculture, Akram Shehayeb, over most recent developments.

On emerging, the Minister maintained that the key concern nowadays was the return to the “main house,” the Parliament, and to elect a president of the republic in the nearest time possible, in addition to activating the work of the government.

“These are the instruction of MP Walid Jumblatt, and today those of Speaker Berri. The most important thing is to invest in supporting the security forces and the tremendous work they are undertaking to protect the country,” he said.

Berri has earlier met with the Ambassador of Malaysia who came on a farewell visit upon the end of his diplomatic mission in Lebanon.

Separately, he received two cables from his Iranian and Kuwaiti counterparts.

Afterwards, Berri met with Head of the Central Maronite Council, Wadih Khazen, with whom he discussed an array of social and economic problems, in addition to the security concerns amid “the worrying western calls under many guises of the extremism sweeping the region.”

“The speaker said that such manifestations had no room in Lebanon because all the [Lebanese] categories condemned and rejected these calls,” Khazen told reporters following the meeting.

“We also agreed that the presidential elections were a joint concern between the Speaker and the Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Beshara Boutros Rahi, because what the Patriarch wants is the same as the Speaker; and he considers that the election of a new president will mitigate the ambiance,” he added.

“Speaker Berri showed high appreciation to all military and security institutions in the country because they proved high capacities and levels. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have shunned the phantom of explosions and subversive rings,” he concluded.

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