Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri received this evening at the Center House the head of the Progressive Socialist Party, former MP Walid Jumblatt, accompanied by Minister Wael Abu Faour and former minister Ghazi Al-Aridi, in the presence of former minister Ghattas Khoury.

After the meeting, Jumblatt said: When crises deepen, and based on my experience I say that this crisis may be one of the most severe ones, it is advisable to think calmly, away from emotion, and to go back to the past during which we were, and still are, with this House. I remember the black day of February 14. Today we are facing more difficult days economically.

He added: My words, if they are audible to the new movement, are: violence does not lead anywhere. My reaction and Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s remarks about Beirut are not to defend the stones of Beirut, but only to defend the people of Beirut. If I can give an advice, especially that most of them came from the north, I say that there are important facilities in the north that could be well managed. Why don’t they look at the port in order to make it independent and complete the works, because the port was historically serving the north of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. There is also the refinery, and now there is no refinery, but rather remains. I favor to give a concession to the Russians for the refinery to work again, as there was a concession to the British in the early twentieth century. There will be an income for the Lebanese and the people of the North. As for the third idea, and we have always been calling for decentralization, why don’t we open the Qlayaat airport, Rene Moawad airport, and there will be a huge economic movement that will help the North. We wish them success if they form a government, these are ideas for them, and we will support every reformative development idea.

Question: Didn’t you discuss the relationship between the two of you. Since it is a monochrome government, will you confront this government, or will you facilitate its work?

Jumblatt: Everything in due time. Now I am giving the government ideas. But the funny thing about this government is that when they invented the blocking third in the past, they did so because there were so-called national unity governments. Today there is a monochrome government and they clash among each other.

Question: But will you facilitate its work or not?

Jumblatt: Everything in due time. We will coordinate together day after day and week after week.

Question: What if you disagree with Prime Minister Hariri?

Jumblatt: There are remarks sometimes. Prime Minister Hariri presented that reform paper at the last meeting before he resigned, and he told me now, if they can implement it, it will be excellent.

Question: Do you believe that what happened in Beirut as a systematic plan to strike the security forces?

Jumblatt: If the revolutionaries think that by attacking the security forces or Parliament, they respond to the attack on the banks Tuesday, then this behavior is wrong. Let them all return to the basic peaceful movement and define economic development goals.

Question: How do you evaluate the splitting up of shares taking place in the new government?

Jumblatt: We are waiting for it to be formed, they are still disagreeing.

Question: Will you also coordinate with the Lebanese Forces?

Jumblatt: Everything in due time.

Source: National News Agency

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Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri received this evening at the Center House the head of the Progressive Socialist Party, former MP Walid Jumblatt, accompanied by Minister Wael Abu Faour and former minister Ghazi Al-Aridi, in the presence of former minister Ghattas Khoury. After the meeting, Jumblatt said: When crises...