Bassil Meets with Independent Sunni MPs, Assures President Not Taking Sides

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Bassil Meets with Independent Sunni MPs, Assures President Not Taking Sides

Free Patriotic Movement chief Gebran Bassil on Monday met with the six independent Sunni lawmakers who are not affiliated to the Future Movement, discussing with them ways to untangle the knot caused by their demand to represented in the new government.

Following the meeting held at the residence of MP Abdul-Rahim Mrad, Bassil hoped that PM-Designate Saad Hariri and the six MPs would work jointly on finding a solution to this lingering problem, adding that the two sides must meet in order to break the ice and ease tensions.

“They must hold direct talks to clarify things and forge accord,” he added.

Bassil stressed that President Michel Aoun is not taking sides in this matter, adding that the latter does not mind appointing a Sunni minister jointly with the Future Movement or the six independent MPs.

For his part, MP Abdul-Rahim Mrad stressed that concessions must be made in order to solve this issue, reaffirming demand to include one of the six lawmakers in the new government.

“PM Hariri must be convinced and concede. His rejection of naming one of us to join the government is a mere stubbornness," Mrad said.

Source: Kataeb.org