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Last Dialogue session rejects any harm to Taif Accord, stresses parity
Rai anew: I’m going to Jerusalem so it won’t be converted to Judaism
Significant stances emerged in the last Dialogue session before the end of President Michel Sleiman’s term, albeit held in the absence of Gen. Michel Aoun for reasons said to be personal.
The achievements made in past Dialogue sessions during Sleiman’s tenure were summed up in the closing statement, particularly the Baabda Declaration and the need to resume talks on the defense strategy.
The statement also reiterated the need to implement the Taif Accord and ensure equal power sharing and coexistence.
Meanwhile, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai reiterated in an interview with An-Nahar that he was going to Jerusalem “so that it won’t be devoted to the Jews.”
UCC: Their “pay scale” is a declaration of war ... we’re for it
Negative presidential indicators ... U.S. set no date for Bassil
According to a U.S. diplomat, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has requested a meeting with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry as part of an intended trip to powerful countries.
The diplomat said the U.S. administration preferred to wait and did not wish for this meeting to take place at this time, especially given that Bassil belongs to a political party headed by a candidate for the presidency.
Meanwhile, the special committee studying a salary increase has submitted its report to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri at a cost of LL1.742 trillion and with no retroactive effect.
Head of the Union Coordination Committee Hanna Gharib told As-Safir that the pay raise plan as drafted was “tantamount to a declaration of war.”
Rai suggests extending Sleiman’s term
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai has returned to marketing the extension of President Michel Sleiman’s mandate, despite the difficulty of the situation.
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri was surprised when Rai approached him with the suggestion.
However, Wednesday’s parliamentary session to elect a new president will not be better than the previous sessions and will face postponement.