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Jumblatt rejects Hezbollah-ISIS comparison

Socialist Party Leader Walid Jumblatt meets with Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah to discuss regional and local events. (TDS/Hezbollah Media Office)

BEIRUT: MP Walid Jumblatt rejected the idea that Hezbollah and ISIS were of a similar nature Sunday, saying that accusations comparing the two were nothing more than “political accusations.”

“Likening Hezbollah to ISIS is a political accusation” the leader of the Progressive Socialist Party said in the Aley village of Keyfoun, stressing that " ISIS is the only enemy."

“Supporting the Army is essential, and our battle with terrorism is still at its start,” he said.

Speaking while on a tour of Aley, Jumblatt warned that the presidential vacuum was not just a concern for Lebanon's Christians, but for the whole country.

There are attempts with Speaker Nabih Berri and Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah to reach a compromise that would enable the continuity of state institutions, Jumblatt said.

“The vacancy is destructive and it weakens Lebanon,” the Druze leader said, emphasizing that a compromise was necessary for the continuity of public institutions.

Address local issues, Jumblatt said the closure of the Naameh garbage dump might be delayed, stressing on the need to manage wastes in the Chouf and Aley.

Jumblatt also warned of an increase in the public debt due to a local electricity deficit, and called for the establishment of private hospitals in Mount Lebanon.

 

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