Nabih Berri Calls Budget Session, Says Tripartite Talks ‘Not against Anyone’


Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday scheduled an Oct. 17-19 parliamentary session dedicated to discussing the draft state budget.

Lebanon has not approved a state budget since 2005 due to political differences between the rival parties.

Separately, Berri stressed that the latest tripartite meeting in Clemenceau between him, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Druze leader MP Walid Jumblat was not “targeted against any party.”

“The most important weapon to confront the challenges and threats in the region is unity among the Lebanese. All the steps that are taking place at the domestic level are aimed at enhancing this unity, which is the essential factor to immunize Lebanon,” Berri said during his weekly meeting with lawmakers in Ain el-Tineh.

“What we are doing at all levels is part of this effort, including the tripartite meeting that gathered me with PM Hariri and MP Jumblat. This meeting was part of these efforts and normally it was not targeted against any party,” the speaker added.



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