BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said Thursday that he is in Paris for medical tests and that he will not be meeting with any politicians there.
“I arrived in Paris Sunday for medical tests ... My visit to France is only for treatment and convalescence and does not include any political meetings,” Jumblatt told the LBCI television channel.
Jumblatt said he suffering from back pain and is seeking treatment in the French capital.
He said he learned from the family’s doctor, who accompanied him to France, that former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is also in the French capital for medical reasons.
Jumblatt said that he called Hariri Wednesday and conveyed his wishes for the speedy recovery of the former prime minister.
Hariri underwent a successful operation Tuesday in the French capital to remove pins placed in his left leg after he broke it in January 2012 while skiing in the French Alps. Hariri’s physician said he would remain at the hospital in Paris for a two-week recuperation period.
Meanwhile, Future bloc MP Nabil De Freige told the voice of Lebanon radio station that the phone call between Jumblatt and Hariri “has no political significance.”
He said that contact between Hariri and Jumblatt is maintained despite political disagreements.
“The ties between Hariri and Jumblatt have their ups and downs, but they are never broken,” he said.