Speaker of the House Nabih Berri discussed with the President of the Republic of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, bilateral relations and the situation in Lebanon and the region. Talks touched on the issue of Syrian refugees and the burdens that Lebanon is shouldering due to this crisis.

After this meeting which lasted over an hour, Berri was asked whether the President’s initiative was the last chance [to form a government] and he replied “There is no such thing as last chance, the Lebanese mind is always creative and, God willing, the president can reach quick solutions.”

Does this mean that the letter of the President to the House of Representatives has been withdrawn, he was asked, to which he answered “I believe that the president, with the consultations he made, has let this matter drop. I believe so, but we have not discussed this issue yesterday.”

Asked about the developments in the south and the Israeli tunnel-related allegations, Berri said “We are still waiting to be given coordinates. So far there are none. (…) We insist on the implementation of resolution 1701, which stipulates that no violations will be committed against one other, while there are 150 or 160 Israeli violations per month against Lebanon.”

Earlier, Berri met with the French Ambassador to Lebanon, Bruno Foucher, and briefed him on the current developments in Lebanon and the region.

Discussions also touched on bilateral relations.

The UNIFIL commander in the south, General Stefano del Col, has also met with Speaker Berri and tackled with him the situation in the South and the latest Israeli allegations about the existence of tunnels.

Source: National News Agency

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Speaker of the House Nabih Berri discussed with the President of the Republic of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, bilateral relations and the situation in Lebanon and the region. Talks touched on the issue of Syrian refugees and the burdens that Lebanon is shouldering due to this crisis.After this...