BEIRUT: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Thursday received a greeting cable from U.S. President Barack Obama for Eid al-Fitr, and Thursday met with the Lebanese University’s president and council.
In addition to Obama’s cable, Berri received letters from several foreign officials offering him their greetings for the Eid holiday that comes at the end of Ramadan.
Separately, the Speaker met with the Lebanese University’s council at his residence in Ain al-Tineh. The meeting was attended by all of the LU deans, as well as the university's president, Adnan Sayyed Hussein.
Hussein thanked Berri for his efforts to resolve the LU file, which had seen the appointment of the deans face crippling delays.
“On behalf of all the deans of the university council and myself, I thank his Excellency Nabih Berri,” Hussein said, adding that the Parliament speaker is a graduate of the Law and Political Science Faculty at LU.
“The appointment of deans for the university faculties and institutes is the first step to form the university, and next September we will complete the council by electing professor representatives,” Hussein added.
The LU president called the university “the Lebanese Republic’s second army,” and assured that political conflicts involved in the appointment of deans would not affect the council’s performance.
“I assure all Lebanese that the deans constitute one complete unit, far from any discrimination or interests,” he said.
Speaker Berri also received Education Minister Elias Bou Saab, with whom he discussed the ranks and salaries scale file.
Berri received calls with greetings for the Eid from Prime Minister Tamam Salam, former President Michel Sleiman, Kataeb head Amine Gemayel, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai.