President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, on Monday welcomed at Baabda palace Progressive Socialist Party leader, Walid Jumblatt, with whom he discussed the general situation and the latest political and economic developments in the country.

Speaking to media representatives on emerging, Jumblatt said that he discussed with President Aoun an array of matters, disclosing that his visit came as a culmination of efforts by a “goodwill “mediator to secure this meeting for the sake of sorting out dispute with the Free Patriotic Movement.

He said that even though there had been a tense relationship since last summer with the FPM, but we seek to improve or organize the dispute between us.

On the government issue, Jumblatt stressed that he did not seek to change it, saying amid the gravity of the current socio-economic situation as well as the coronavirus pandemic, “I don’t think the situation is suitable for government change.”

“We discussed several subjects and we agreed to be rational in our relations,” he added, indicating: “I have not sought to change the government and I have not asked for anything in the nominations dossier, but I suggested a few names.”

He also expressed his belief that Lebanon’s previous economy was over and “the world will change after the coronavirus (Covid-19)”.

On the other hand, he pointed out that one current positive aspect is the approach towards the International Monetary Fund and initiating serious negotiations, in a bid to alleviate the impact of the socio-economic crisis.

In response to a question, Jumblatt said that he has no relation with any bilateral or trilateral alliance.

Source: National News Agency

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