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Jumblatt to visit Saudi Arabia soon

Walid Jumblatt endorses the Geneva plan from Moscow.( The Daily Star/Mohamed Azakir)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt said Thursday that he would shortly meet with Saudi officials after being informed of the development by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

In an interview with Arabiya television, Jumblatt said that if the Syrian uprising was triumphant it would bring justice to the demands of the March 14 coalition, while adding that the late Asef Shawkat, a senior Syrian intelligence official, had been one of those who ordered the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Shawkat was killed in a Damascus bomb attack in July of last year.

“We must differentiate between those who ordered the assassination and those who executed the plan,” Jumblatt said.

He also denounced the killing of Hussam Khoshnevis, the head of the Iranian Committee for Reconstruction in Lebanon who was targeted Wednesday while heading returning to Beirut from Damascus.

“It is a precedent that a diplomat is killed in Lebanon and this represents a great danger that threatens all diplomats in Lebanon,” Jumblatt said, referring to Khoshnevis.

Jumblatt also accused Hezbollah – “under the orders of Iran” – and March 14 groups, including individuals from the Future Movement, of being involved in the war in Syria.

The Druze leader urged Hariri to engage in dialogue with Shiite leaders, notably Hezbollah.

Jumblatt added that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon had become insignificant in comparison to the Syrian crisis.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 15, 2013, on page 3.




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