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Nasrallah, Jumblatt discuss crisis

Arab World Materials 14 January 2011 03:27
Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has met with Lebanon's Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, to discuss collapse of the country's government.
Nasrallah, Jumblatt discuss crisis

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has met with Lebanon's Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, to discuss collapse of the country's government.

Lebanon's unity government collapsed on Wednesday after 11 ministers resigned over tensions caused by a US-backed tribunal charged with investigating the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri in February 2005, PressTV reported.

Nasrallah and Jumblatt met on Thursday to discuss political developments in Lebanon as one third of the cabinet members have quit.

In their meeting, the two leaders reviewed the results of Saudi-Syrian efforts to reach a settlement regarding the Hariri tribunal crisis -- efforts that are directed at easing tensions in the country, Ynetnews reported.

Earlier on Wednesday, Jumblatt had said that the Syrian-Saudi initiative was close to making a major breakthrough in their efforts to end the debate over the international tribunal, but "dark forces intervened... and sidetracked this initiative from its original course."

Nasrallah also denounced the US-sponsored Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), describing it as part of an American-Israeli conspiracy against Lebanon.

Hezbollah resorted to mass resignation after its demands on Tuesday for an urgent cabinet session on the STL crisis were rejected.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation was accepted on Thursday by President Michel Sleiman but was asked to continue managing the country's day-to-day affairs in a caretaker capacity until a new cabinet is formed.

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