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Hariri: Opposition has gun to my head
In meeting with Druze leader Jumblatt, Lebanese PM says wants to reach 'honorable settlement' with opposition to resolve political crisis, but adds 'they can't be counted on'

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri told Druze leader MP Walid Jumblatt on Friday that the opposition wants him to "surrender and present concession after concession … to top it all of, they have a gun pointed to my head."

 

According to Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar, the meeting between the two was held after Hariri returned from a visit to the US, during which he learned that 11 Hezbollah ministers resigned from his cabinet and essentially toppled it.

 

Political sources said the talks centered on the efforts to end the political crisis. One of the sources said Hariri's main concern is to reach an honorable settlement "but the opposition's proposals don't coincide with this aim."

 

The caretaker prime minister also said the opposition cannot be counted on to respect agreements, according to the sources.

 

On Thursday Jumblatt met with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah to discuss the crisis.

 

Hezbollah, which is supported by Iran and Syria, expects a UN tribunal to accuse its members over the 2005 killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. It has denied involvement and called for Lebanon to withdraw all support for the tribunal. The Shiite group has hinted that it would seize control of Lebanon if its members are charged.

 

 

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