BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri received a delegation of union leaders and Lebanese municipalities Monday to address their financial concerns.
He was accompanied by Bassam Tleis, a central municipal official in the Amal Movement. The concerns of the municipalities center on delays in the transfer of funds from the independent municipal fund to the municipalities themselves, in addition to funds from cell phone revenues.
The delegation, which comprised representatives from 12 unions and 39 municipality heads, was followed by the head of Parliament’s Administration and Justice Committee MP Robert Ghanem and the delegation from the Islamic Labor Front, who discussed the progress of the policy statement and the need for it to include a clear stance on resistance.
He also congratulated Berri on the release of the Maaloula nuns and said he hoped this would pave the way for the release of Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim, who were kidnapped by armed men in April while they were on their way to Aleppo from the Turkish border.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 11, 2014, on page 4.