BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party Leader Walid Jumblatt stressed the need for cooperation between the head of the Future Movement Saad Hariri, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in a press conference Sunday, calling for dialogue between opposing factions in order to protect the country.
“What is needed today is for us to sacrifice ourselves, to protect Lebanon and support the Lebanese Army,” said Jumblatt, stressing the need for “required dialogue between all rival [groups] to protect Lebanon.”
Jumblatt stated that he had begun the coordination initiative by visiting Nasrallah last week, and he rejected the argument that Hezbollah fighters in Syria had provoked the terrorist threat in Lebanon.
With regards to the presidential void, Jumblatt expressed his belief that parties are “wasting time on the subject of the presidency,” saying that Henry Helou did not run as a candidate to serve as an obstacle to presidential elections.
Jumblatt added that an initiative to end the presidential stalemate is underway.
With regards to Syria, Jumblatt said that he had "shook hands with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad in 1977," despite knowing that "the Syrian regime was behind the assassination of Kamal Jumblatt.”
“Arabism is more important than everything and there is nothing in front of us, only Syria and the sea,” he said.
Jumblatt met with Nasrallah last Sunday, with the two discussing the special political relationship between their parties and expressing intentions to further develop their partnership.