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Berri: Lebanon is not a good ground for fundamentalism

Speaker Nabih Berri speaks at his Ain al-Tineh residence in Beirut on Saturday, August 31, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Tuesday said Lebanon is not a fertile ground for fundamentalists, because all its parties and communities have rejected such groups.

“There is no bread for such phenomena in Lebanon,” head of Maronite General Council Wadih Khazen quoted Berri saying.

Speaking of the recent calls for attacks against Lebanese Christians and churches by the Twitter-based Free Sunni Brigades of Baalbek, Berri said that all Lebanese had denounced similar calls and that religion itself had repudiated such groups after they “exceeded all forms of religious fundamentalism.”

Khazen also said that Berri adopted Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai’s view on the presidential elections, and concurred with his commitment to the constitutional process.

Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb also visited Berri in Ain al-Tineh, saying that the two discussed the general political situation in the country, as well as the ministry’s plans to “serve the Lebanese farmers and whatever is left of the green in Lebanon.”

Chehayeb praised Berri as “the open heart and the open mind who is willing to work with all the loyalists in the country to move beyond the current reality.”

 

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