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Berri urges Oman to maintain Yemen efforts

File - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri arrives at the National Dialogue session held at Baabda Palace, Lebanon, on Monday, June 25, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Parliament Speaker and leader of the Amal Movement Nabih Berri said that Oman must continue its efforts to bring together disparate factions in Yemen in order to find a political solution to that country’s ongoing crisis.

In a speech at the 13th general conference of the Amal Movement, Berri said it was necessary for Oman to launch an initiative “to bring Yemeni factions together, and solve the issue via political means,” and called for the political resolution of “crises in other Arab countries to counter the conspiracies of the new Middle East.”

Berri said there was a conspiracy relying on “constructive chaos” to seize control of human and natural resources across the Arab world.

A regional coalition led by Saudi Arabia began an air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen last week, vowing to cut off any outside support for the Iranian-backed movement.

The coalition said attacks would continue until “legitimacy” was restored in Yemen, referring to the deposed elected government of President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah launched a scathing attack against Saudi Arabia last week over its military operation in Yemen. The Shiite group is politically aligned with the Amal Movement, and both groups have close ties to Iran.

Berri delivered his speech over the weekend, but its contents were made known Tuesday. Due to security concerns, the Amal conference was held behind closed doors and a media blackout was observed.

In his speech, Berri reiterated his support for the Lebanese Army in its ongoing battle with terrorism, but said the resistance remained necessary in order to liberate Lebanese territory still under Israeli occupation.

The speaker added that his party would continue its efforts to end the presidential interregnum and would oppose any attempt to paralyze state institutions.

Berri stated that the Amal Movement would maintain its support for the ongoing dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah, and would do its part to protect the Lebanese government and preserve stability in the country.

His speech also touched on the turmoil in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Libya, and warned of the forced displacement of populations by jihadi groups in Iraq and Syria, which he said were part of a plan to further partition the Arab world.

At the end of the conference, Berri, 77, was re-elected as the head of the Amal Movement. He has served in this post since 1980.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 01, 2015, on page 3.

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