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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – July 21, 2014

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.

As-Safir

Dinner between Kahwagi, Jumblatt

Separate meetings with the Future Movement and representatives of the Free Patriotic Movement and the Amal Movement have failed to reach agreement on holding a legislative session to approve public servants’ salaries and a wage hike.

Future-Amal talks, however, will resume Monday.

As-Safir has learned that MP Walid Jumblatt had dinner with Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi at the house of a common friend, Jamil Bairam, in Wardanieh.

Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri hailed former Prime Minister Saad Hariri for his support against fighting terrorism.

On Hariri’s call for the need to hold the presidential election before parliamentary elections, Berri stressed his commitment toward electing a president first.

Al-Mustaqbal

Gemayel, Jumblatt support Hariri road map: priority to presidency

Both Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel and head of the National Struggle Front Walid Jumblatt have expressed their support for Saad Hariri’s road map.

Gemayel told Al-Mustaqbal that Hariri’s plan “came at the right time,” stressing the need to “giving priority to the presidential election.”

Jumblatt, in turn, praised Hariri for prioritizing the presidential election.

"The presidency should come first [since] it is the path to address the crises in the country," Jumblatt told Al-Mustaqbal.

Al-Akhbar

No progress in Future-Amal talks

No breakthrough yet in talks between the Future and the Amal movements over the public sector’s salaries.

Although talks are ongoing, the positions of Future and Amal MPs remained unchanged over the weekend.

Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil has held onto his stance, insisting that former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora was trying to “acquit” himself of all the illegal spending since 2005.

 

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Summary

Separate meetings with the Future Movement and representatives of the Free Patriotic Movement and the Amal Movement have failed to reach agreement on holding a legislative session to approve public servants' salaries and a wage hike.

On Hariri's call for the need to hold the presidential election before parliamentary elections, Berri stressed his commitment toward electing a president first.

Both Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel and head of the National Struggle Front Walid Jumblatt have expressed their support for Saad Hariri's road map.

Jumblatt, in turn, praised Hariri for prioritizing the presidential election.


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