Hariri meets with Jumblatt at his Downtown Beirut residence.
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Top leaders scrambled Sunday to de-escalate the snowballing political tensions between President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri over a decree promoting a number of Army officers in a bid aimed at ensuring calm and smooth parliamentary elections slated for May 6 .While Jumblatt did not speak to reporters after the meeting, Hariri underlined the need for the Free Patriotic Movement and the Amal Movement to halt their media campaigns as a first step toward finding a solution to the decree crisis.Hariri's remarks on fresh efforts to resolve the Aoun-Berri dispute over the officers' decree came amid a reported agreement between the FPM and the Amal Movement to abide by a political and media truce to defuse tensions between the two sides.Jumblatt's meeting with Hariri came a day after he had met with Berri as part of what the Progressive Socialist Party leader called "consultations" with various political parties to weigh the prospects of electoral alliances.A political source described Jumblatt's meeting with Berri as "positive and cordial," saying that the two leaders had agreed on an electoral alliance during the elections.
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