Bassil after meeting Arslan says we either reach agreement or head towards unknown

Tue 11 Oct 2016 at 15:00 Politics

NNA - Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil said on Tuesday, "We are on a road crossing, we either accomplish consensus or head towards the unknown."

Bassil's words came after a visit which he paid to "Lebanese Democratic Party" leader, MP Talal Arslan, at his residence in Khaldeh, accompanied with a delegation from the Free Patriotic Movement, including MPs Hikmat Deeb, Naji Gharios and Abbas El-Hashem.

Bassil confirmed that Lebanon should be given a consensus opportunity which is to be translated in electing a new president, explaining, "we see the presence of an opportunity which we would like to preserve."

The leader of the Free Patriotic Movement pointed out that his party plans to hold a tour of consultations with all the political parties, noting that they intended to start it in Khaldeh with "our permanent ally and friend prince Talal Arslan."

In turn, Arslan said, "we encourage any rapprochement among the Lebanese and support reconciliation between the "Future" bloc leader Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Change and Reform parliamentary bloc leader Michel Aoun, but we cannot judge this rapprochement before we hear a clear position from Hariri regarding the nomination of Aoun."

He added that they are awaiting Hariri's announcement of the said nomination to take the required steps.

"We agreed with Aoun, if Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri nominated him, we would have intensive meetings-- especially with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Hizbullah's General Secretary Al-Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Marada leader Sleiman Frangieh-- to reach a unified position," Arslan said, underscoring the need to fortify the country against any difficulties.


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