Speaker Nabih Berri, right, receives Druze leader Walid Jumblatt and Minister Wael Abu Faour in Beirut, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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PSP Secretary-General Zafer Nasser said Jumblatt's meetings with Nasrallah and Berri were aimed at preserving stability in Lebanon and finding a solution to the presidential deadlock, ahead of the scheduled date for Parliamentary elections in November.The sources said Jumblatt's statement after the meeting, indirectly blaming Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and head of the Free Patriotic Movement Michel Aoun for the presidential deadlock, were an indication of the stance he took with Berri and Nasrallah.Sources close to the PSP told The Daily Star that Jumblatt and Nasrallah did not discuss presidential candidates, as Jumblatt was aware the Hezbollah chief insisted on backing Aoun for the presidency.The same sources added that Nasrallah and Jumblatt would eventually agree on the need to extend Parliament's term, particularly if the presidential void persisted. The sources said Jumblatt's talks with Berri and Nasrallah might have been motivated by the possibility of having new candidates that would be amenable to Aoun and March 14 .
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