BEIRUT: MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc and Speaker Nabih Berri’s Development and Liberation bloc will form a joint parliamentary committee to tackle thorny political files in the country, MP Ibrahim Kanaan said over the weekend.
“We agreed to form a joint committee between our bloc and the Development and Liberation bloc and between the Amal Movement and the Free Patriotic Movement,” Kanaan said after talks at Ain Al-Tineh Saturday between a delegation from the Change and Reform bloc and Berri.
“The committee will tackle all political issues, including the issue of Parliament’s legislative sessions,” Kanaan said, referring to attempts to convene a legislative session of Parliament in the face of a repeated boycott by MPs in both the March 8 and March 14 coalitions.
In comments to An-Nahar published Saturday, Berri said that he is waiting for the Change and Reform bloc to name members of the proposed joint committee.
“Then I will name the Development and Liberation members to start meetings as a prelude to reaching consensus on suggested files,” the speaker said.
Besides Kanaan, the Changer and Reform delegation included MPs Alain Aoun, Simon Abi Ramia and Ziad Aswad. The meeting was also attended by Development and Liberation bloc MP Ali Bazzi.
Asked if a meeting would be held soon between Berri and MP Michel Aoun, Kanaan said that “we did not discuss such a meeting today and the meeting will happen at its own time.”
The meeting between FPM representatives and Berri is the second of its kind this week. Lawmakers from Aoun’s bloc met Tuesday with Berri to address the possibility of attending a legislative session of Parliament but no breakthrough over the issue was reached.
Berri has tried to convene the legislative sessions since July. The FPM, March 14 parties and caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati have boycotted the attempts to convene the legislative session.