Jumblatt receives Hariri in Beirut, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The chief of General Security is seeking to find a solution to the dispute between President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri over a decree promoting a number of Lebanese Army officers to prevent the escalating row taking a sectarian turn, parliamentary sources said Wednesday.Ibrahim's mediation attempt came as a rift escalated between Aoun and Berri over the signing of the controversial decree promoting a number of Army officers who served under Aoun in the late 1980s when he was Army commander. It also came as Berri Wednesday sought Aoun's help in resolving the decree dispute.After the meeting, MP Ali Bazzi from Berri's parliamentary bloc told reporters the speaker stood firm on his rejection of the decree which was signed by both Aoun and Hariri despite opposition from the speaker and his key political aide Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil.Tensions between Aoun and Berri have ramped up over the decree, which promotes around 200 Army officers – all Christians aside for 15 Muslims – who served with Aoun in the late 1980s when he was Army commander.
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